After years of shaky play at the quarterback position, the Los Angeles Rams went all in by making the biggest jump in NFL Draft history to take Jared Goff with the first overall pick.
Unfortunately for quarterback Nick Foles, the move essentially places him third on the quarterback depth chart after the Rams also re-signed Case Keenum in the off-season. His apparent lack of future in Los Angeles has resulted in Foles missing out on every off-season activity since the draft took place.
However, the Rams are still expecting Foles in attendance at the start of training camp should he not be traded according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News:
FYI on #Rams QB Nick Foles:Barring a last-second trade, plan is to bring him to camp and wait out a QB vacancy/trade partner elsewhere
— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) July 17, 2016
The Rams dealt for Foles last season after years of missing the playoffs with the injury-plagued and former first overall pick, Sam Bradford. Despite enjoying a tremendous All-Pro season in 2013, Foles’ production quickly dropped the following two seasons.
After 11 mediocre starts, head coach Jeff Fisher ultimately benched Foles in favor of Keenum. An opportunistic Keenum then threw four touchdowns and just one interception, completing 61 percent of his passes while leading the Rams to a 3-2 record in their last five games. Keenum’s performance compelled the Rams to keep him on board while they groom their new highly-coveted pick.
Aside from losing his starting job, Foles’ lackluster performance last season has now hurt his trade value as the Rams front office continues to look for suitors. Whatever the case may be, the Rams are hoping the move to Los Angeles will put the days of below-average quarterback play behind them.