(FootballSTL) -- Rams head coach Jeff Fisher made it very clear before their final preseason game against the Ravens that jobs were on the line. Not just spots on the 53-man roster either, spots in the starting lineup or higher on the depth chart as it pertains to a backup role.
No one needed a positive performance to help himself more than backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. He had a brutal game against the Packers a couple weeks ago where he completed just two of 11 passes for 27 yards and two interceptions. That gave him an impossibly low 0.0 QB rating.
But against Baltimore, Clemens was much better. He completed all but five of his 18 passing attempts for 188 yards and a 105.8 rating. The question now is, taking the good with the bad, how much did he affect his chances to be Sam Bradford’s top backup?
“We take everything into consideration,” head coach Jeff Fisher said. “His rough night in Green Bay – played a little bit later, didn’t have as great a supporting cast, and Green Bay was doing a lot of exotic pressures. He was under siege. Last night, he had protection, which he would if he’s going to be in the game with the starters. I thought he executed and did a nice job.”
Another player who may have played his way into a larger role - albeit not in the starting lineup - is former second round draft choice Brian Quick. The big, raw receiver was targeted a team high six times and caught five of them for 60 yards including a 26-yard grab.
Quick does not project to be among the top three receivers this year, as Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin all have those spots locked up. But Quick is certainly battling with fellow reserve Stedman Bailey for the fourth receiver spot. So it’s not like Quick had nothing to play for.
“He’s improved, certainly improved throughout the off-season,” Fisher said. “The fumble was really tough on him because that’s a contested catch and trying to put the ball away and all that. But, he can show you what he’s capable of doing. He elevated, really did a nice job getting up in the air and securing the ball. He lost one last week, but he came back this week and hung onto the ball in tough situations.”
The Rams must cut their roster down to 53 by tomorrow evening. Their first game is Sunday September 8th at noon inside the Edward Jones Dome.