With former backup Kellen Clemens set to start in Week 8 at home against the Seattle Seahawks, the team was forced to sign two emergency options.
Rams have signed Austin Davis to active roster. Brady Quinn has agreed to terms.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 22, 2013
Davis and Quinn are both on the active roster, meaning one of the two could play this week or at some point during the 2013 season. But neither quarterback necessarily inspires hope into the Rams fanbase.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the following regarding the Rams last-ditch effort to find a viable signal-caller:
St. Louis called Brett Favre, asking if the 44-year-old QB if he would be willing to play. Favre declined. More to story on ESPN all day.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2013
While St. Louis might stay put with the cringe-worthy trio of Clemens, Davis and Brady, it should try to make a move for one of the following quarterbacks.
Young was signed by the Green Bay Packers in early August, and he played well in the preseason. Although exhibition stats aren't indicators of regular-season performance, here's a look at how the former No. 3 overall pick fared with Mike McCarthy's team this summer:
|Vince Young's 2013 Preseason Statistics|
|Completions||Attempts||Passing Yards||Rushing Yards||Total TDs||INTs|
|Week 1 vs. Cardinals||1||3||7||12||0||0|
|Week 2 at Rams||5||9||26||1||0||0|
|Week 3 vs. Seahawks||6||7||41||39||1||0|
|Week 4 at Chiefs||14||30||144||12||0||0|
Clearly, Young was far from magnificent in the preseason, but he wasn't atrocious. In late August, Green Bay cut him in favor of B.J. Coleman.
At this point in his career, it's quite obvious that Young isn't a proficient coverage reader, and there's a good chance he'd need a watered-down playbook to succeed by any stretch.
However, his scrambling skills are still relatively threatening. An influx of quick, short throws would likely make Tavon Austin a prominent feature in the offense, something he should have been from the start of the 2013 campaign after the Rams moved up to grab him at No. 8 overall in April's draft.
Although Davis has some upside, Young is more ready to play this year.
Wilson was the favorite of many draftniks before was selected in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 draft.
Embarrassingly, he was let go by the Raiders before the start of the regular season after ghastly showings in a few exhibition games.
Wilson cleared waivers, meaning no team was interested in him, and was ultimately re-signed to Dennis Allen's practice squad.
That's where he sits today, so if the Rams wanted to add him, they'd have to sign him to their 53-man roster, something that's not likely at the moment following the activation of Davis, a player who was cut by St. Louis this summer.
Wilson has somewhat impressive physical tools but a disastrous senior year at Arkansas may have had a negative effect on his general confidence.
In their current state, the Rams should keep their options open when it comes to developmental quarterbacks, meaning, at some point this season, St. Louis should take a look at giving Davis some competition.
Bray has a cannon arm and isn't afraid to make throws into tight coverage. However, his inability to read and quickly react to coverages, along with occasionally overconfident decision-making, led to the former University of Tennessee quarterback going undrafted.
He's on the Kansas City Chiefs active roster, so if things get bad enough, the Rams would have to enact a trade to get the 6'6'', soon-to-be 22-year-old signal-caller.
Much like the idea behind signing Wilson, St. Louis would be thinking long-term with Bray, especially with Bradford's future in limbo.
Adding Bray would be a sure sign of legitimate desperation for the Rams, but he'd instantly be the most physically talented quarterback on the roster and could compete for a backup job in the future.
Getting him some on-field action in the late stages of 2013 wouldn't be a horrible idea either, especially if Clemens and Quinn flop.