Rams: Backup QB plan

June, 5, 2012
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Assessing the Rams' backup QB situation if Sam Bradford is injured and misses time.

The Rams have bet bigger on their starting quarterback than any other team in the NFC West, committing $50 million in guarantees to Bradford as the first overall choice of the 2010 draft. Their 2012 season would lose purpose if a serious injury forced the Rams in another direction at the position.

Backup Kellen Clemens played for new Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer when both were with the New York Jets. Clemens' familiarity with the offense gives him an edge. But with a 4-8 starting record and a 7-12 career ratio of touchdowns to interceptions, the Jets' 2006 second-round choice projects as a backup.

Clemens did leave a generally positive impression while leading the Rams to a near-upset of the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 last season. He scrambled 18 yards for one touchdown and found Brandon Lloyd for a late 36-yard scoring pass.

The Rams also signed Tom Brandstater and rookie free agent Austin Davis.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Bradford is out for an extended period: 25.

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