The reinforcements have arrived at quarterback in the form of Austin Davis and Brady Quinn. Davis signed with the Rams on Tuesday; Quinn agreed to terms late Tuesday afternoon and is expected to sign his contract today.
So both players should be on the field today at Rams Park as the team begins to prepare for its Monday night contest with the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks.
Also working out Tuesday for the Rams was Tyler Thigpen. Although the team didn’t sign him, Thigpen threw pretty well.
The Rams released offensive guard Brandon Washington to make room for Davis; Sam Bradford will be placed on the injured reserve list this afternoon to make room for Quinn.
This will be the second tour of duty for Davis with the Rams. He was signed in 2012 as an undrafted rookie out of Southern Mississippi where he broke many of Brett Favre’s school records.
Davis was on the active roster for the entire 2012 season, but didn’t appear in any games. He was the early favorite for the No. 2 quarterback job this season but was beaten out by Kellen Clemens and released in the final roster cuts Aug. 31. Davis subsequently spent some time on Miami’s practice squad but was out of work when the Rams came calling following Bradford’s season-ending knee injury on Sunday in North Carolina.
During the 2013 preseason with the Rams, Davis completed 51.9 percent of his passes (28 of 54) for 300 yards, with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. His passer rating was 87.0. He had more completions and attempts than any QB in camp, so he got a lot of playing time in the preseason.
The advantage of bringing in Davis again is his knowledge of the offense. He may have some rust to knock off physically, but won’t have to learn the playbook other than maybe a refresher course.
Quinn, meanwhile, was a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2007 out of Notre Dame. Most recently he was with the New York Jets, who released him on Monday. Quinn worked out for the Rams during the 2011-12 offseason — Jeff Fisher’s first season in St. Louis. The Rams liked his workout at that time, but Quinn chose to sign with Kansas City instead. They obviously liked his workout this time as well.
Quinn, who turns 29 Saturday, has 20 NFL starts on his resume, including eight last season for the Chiefs. Over his NFL career he has thrown 550 passes good for 3,043 yards, 12 TDs and 17 interceptions. His career completion percentage is 53.8 percent.
The Rams also made a practice squad move Tuesday, releasing linebacker Jonathan Stewart.