Sean McVay: Bryce Perkins is making it ‘a very difficult decision’ to keep 2 or 3 QBs

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Sean McVay and the Rams typically only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. They carried Jared Goff and John Wolford last year, and it would seem they’d likely only keep Matthew Stafford and Wolford this season.

But Bryce Perkins is making them seriously consider keeping three quarterbacks on the roster. That’s because he’s played well in the preseason, doing everything he can to keep the ball moving on offense despite playing with the Rams’ second- and third-string players.

With another strong performance on Saturday night, Perkins further helped his stock with 201 yards passing and 50 yards rushing, completing 23 of his 42 passes against Denver. McVay said after the game that Perkins is making it a tough call as the Rams weigh how many quarterbacks to keep on the active roster.

“It has not been made yet and to Bryce’s credit, he’s definitely making a very difficult decision because you know you’ve got Matthew, you’ve got John,” he said. “Feel excellent about those guys, but I think Bryce can be really proud of the body of work he put on tape throughout the three weeks of the preseason. He’s continued to grow. I think it’s a real credit to Kevin O’Connell and Zac Robinson. He’s a resilient competitor. You can see it, and I thought it was on display again tonight. … Definitely going to make it a tough decision for us.”

Perkins spent last year on the practice squad after signing with the Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He’s developed into an even better passer than he was in college, which is what makes him someone the Rams might keep on the 53-man roster.

They’d love to add him to the practice squad, but that can only happen if he clears waivers and isn’t claimed by another team. In that case, he would land on their active roster, preventing the Rams from keeping him on the practice squad.

It’s possible he’ll clear waivers, but with so many teams around the league looking to carry three quarterbacks due to COVID-19, there’s a chance someone will claim him from the Rams.