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Rams may consider turning to Sean Mannion if Jared Goff struggles

Los Angeles could turn to the veteran backup at some point this upcoming season.

Heading into his second season in the league, Jared Goff has much weight of expectations on his shoulders from the Los Angeles Rams to show some significant growth under center.  

The hope is that he can develop into a franchise-caliber quarterback that could finally be the long-term answer that the Rams have been searching for over the last several years to help end the team's now decade-long playoff drought. However, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report is reporting that the Rams could turn to backup Sean Mannion midway through the season if Goff continues to struggle with his development. 

"While the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff has been pleased with the progress of Jared Goff this offseason, people within the organization are also extremely pleased with the work of backup quarterback Sean Mannion. The former third-round pick has improved in his quickness of reads and improved his footwork. One person who knows both players well said he wouldn't be surprised to see the Rams go to Mannion if Goff struggles during the regular season. 

Since being drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Mannion has seen little action on the field in his first two seasons playing in just two games. He had his only appearance in the 2016 campaign in the 44-6 blowout on New Year's Day against the Arizona Cardinals completing 3-of-6 passes for 19 yards and an interception. 

Los Angeles under new head coach Sean McVay has put forth a strong effort this offseason to provide the 22-year-old with more weapons and help on the offensive side of the ball. The front office went to an offensive heavy draft in the first few picks adding passing catchers in South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett and wide receivers in Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp and Texas A&M's Josh Reynolds.

They also made a few key free agent acquisitions in former Pro Bowler left tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan , and wide receiver Robert Woods @. Although there isn't a great deal of expectations around the Rams heading into the 2017 campaign with Las Vegas setting the betting odds at only 5.5 wins, the team is anticipated to show some improvement. The bulk of this will revolve around the play of Goff in his second full season in the league. 

That said, it shouldn't be surprising to hear that the Rams would turn to Mannion if Goff struggles. McVay and the new coaching staff don't have any personal connections to the young quarterback as he was taken by the previous regime under Jeff Fisher. Simply put, the Rams want what's best for the organization moving forward and if switching quarterbacks are part of that solution then that route will be taken. 

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.

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