John Wolford

John Wolford

Quarterback #10
Team: Los Angeles Rams
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 200 lb.
College:Wake Forest
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

John Wolford: Could push Goff for starting job

The Rams may give Wolford a shot to compete with Jared Goff for the starting quarterback role in 2021, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Wolford saw his first NFL action in Week 17, leading the Rams to an 18-7 victory over the Cardinals to earn a playoff spot. He got another start in place of Goff (thumb) in the wild-card round, but then left the game early after a big hit from a defender injured his neck. While his brief stint under center was less than spectacular, Wolford seems to have made a strong impression on the Rams, potentially setting up a job battle in 2021 training camp.

January 27, 2021 11:54 AM EST

John Wolford: Ruled out for Saturday

Wolford (neck) won't play in Saturday's playoff game at Green Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford is recovering from a stinger after his early exit in the wild-card win over Seattle. He hasn't been able to practice this week, and coach Sean McVay said the 25-year-old QB won't be able to play. Wolford will still travel with the team, but Jared Goff will get the start, with Blake Bortles serving as the backup.

January 14, 2021 11:44 AM EST

John Wolford: Held out again Wednesday

Wolford (neck) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Instead, Wolford was a spectator while Jared Goff (right thumb) logged another full session. It remains to be seen if Wolford is cleared to practice this week after endearing a stinger this past Saturday in Seattle, but with just three days to go before a divisional-round game at Green Bay, Goff seems to be trending toward the start under center.

January 13, 2021 3:23 PM EST

John Wolford: Not practicing Tuesday

Wolford (neck) was a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Wolford got the nod at quarterback this past Saturday at Seattle with Jared Goff just 12 days removed from surgery on a dislocated right thumb. However, Wolford didn't last long, taking a hit on the helmet from Jamal Adams that eventually led to a visit to the hospital as a precaution. On Sunday, Wolford was diagnosed with a stinger and called day-to-day by McVay, according to Stu Jackson of the Ram's official site. While Wolford was held out of Tuesday's walk-through, Goff was a full participant following his 155-yard, one touchdown performance against the Seahawks. Still, McVay has yet to make a call on L.A.'s starting QB for Saturday's divisional-round game in Green Bay.

January 12, 2021 2:33 PM EST

John Wolford: Listed as day-to-day

Wolford (neck) is day-to-day with a stinger, per coach Sean McVay, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Wolford was taken to the hospital after taking a shoulder to the head from Seahawks safety Jamal Adams early in Saturday's wild-card round win. Given that context, a day-to-day label is good news. Even if Wolford's able to gain clearance for Saturday's NFC divisional round matchup against the Packers, it's unclear who the Rams will roll with under center after Jared Goff played through a thumb injury and led the team to victory after Wolford's exit against Seattle.

January 10, 2021 6:28 PM EST

John Wolford: Positive injury news

Coach Sean McVay said that Wolford is "trending in a positive direction" after going to the hospital during Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks, Greg Beacham of The Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Wolford started the game in place of Jared Goff (thumb), but he exited early after taking a hit to the helmet from Seahawks safety Jamal Adams on a designed run in the first quarter. McVay predicted that Wolford has a stinger. While that's an encouraging prognosis, further testing needs to be done, and Wolford isn't in the clear for the NFC divisional round. Goff figures to be the starting quarterback even if Wolford returns.

January 9, 2021 6:18 PM EST

John Wolford: Being examined further

Wolford (neck) was taken to the hospital for "precautionary measures" following his departure from Saturday's wild-card game in Seattle.

Analysis: On a designed run in the first quarter, Wolford was hit in the helmet by Seahawks safety Jamal Adams. Wolford remained on the ground as the Rams' medical staff examined him before going to the locker room on his own. After he was deemed questionable to return, he later left the stadium in an ambulance and will undergo additional testing to figure out the extent of his neck injury. Jared Goff will continue to direct the offense with Wolford sidelined.

January 9, 2021 3:34 PM EST

John Wolford: Leaves stadium in ambulance

Wolford (neck) was transported from Lumen Field in Seattle via an ambulance, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Wolford took a hit to the helmet as he went to the ground on a designed run and remained there for a spell. After he was evaluated by the Rams' medical staff, he was able to walk off the field under his own power and eventually was called questionable to return due to a neck injury. With the way in which Wolford left the stadium, it appears the issue may be serious and likely means Jared Goff will direct the offense for the rest of Saturday's wild-card game.

January 9, 2021 3:12 PM EST

John Wolford: Questionable to return

Wolford injured his neck during the first quarter of Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks and is listed as questionable to return, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Wolford appeared to take a shot to his head from Seahawks safety Jamal Adams on a scramble and was immediately taken back to the locker room. Jared Goff (right thumb) is the only active quarterback available for the Rams if Wolford is unable to return.

January 9, 2021 2:16 PM EST

John Wolford: In line to start Saturday

Coach Sean McVay told Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that Wolford is expected to be the Rams' starting quarterback for Saturday's wild-card game at Seattle.

Analysis: Jared Goff is less than two weeks removed from undergoing surgery on a dislocated right thumb, and while he's active he may just be suiting up in case of an emergency. Meanwhile, Wolford is slated to direct L.A.'s offense for the second straight contest after completing 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards and one interception Week 17 against the Cardinals. He also added 56 yards on six carries.

January 9, 2021 1:13 PM EST

John Wolford: Has chance to start Saturday

Wolford is "prepared to start" in place of Jared Goff (right thumb) on Saturday in Seattle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: According to Rapoport, Wolford took on most of the reps with the first-team offense this week as Goff works his way back from Dec. 28 surgery on a dislocated right thumb. Coach Sean McVay mentioned Thursday that he hasn't made a decision on who between Goff and Wolford will be under center for the Rams, but the former "is pushing to play." Such a call may not be known until shortly before Saturday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff.

January 8, 2021 9:20 PM EST

John Wolford: Pushes team to postseason dance

Wolford completed 22 of 38 pass attempts with 231 yards and one interception, adding six carries for 56 rushing yards during Sunday's 18-7 win against the Cardinals.

Analysis: With Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out for the first time since 2017, Wolford got the Week 17 start as Los Angeles had an opportunity to play its way into the postseason with a win or tie. An interception on the Rams' opening offensive drive was concerning from the former AAF standout, but Wolford rallied into form by remaining without a giveaway for the rest of the contest. It was a defensive slugfest as Arizona dealt with an injury to its starting quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle), but Wolford did enough to push his side into a wild-card matchup next Sunday at Seattle. Were Goff to be unavailable for the opening round, Wolford would seemingly be in line for another starting nod given his outing against the Cardinals.

January 3, 2021 5:56 PM EST

John Wolford: Will start Week 17

Wolford has officially been named the starter for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Starting quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) has been ruled out after undergoing surgery on his injured hand, which means Wolford will make his NFL debut in a game with playoff implications. He has not seen any competitive action since the 2019 preseason. Blake Bortles is expected to be brought in as his backup.

December 28, 2020 5:52 PM EST

John Wolford: Could be needed for Week 17

Wolford may be needed to make his first NFL start Week 17 against the Cardinals with top quarterback Jared Goff's status in question after he was diagnosed with a broken and dislocated right thumb following Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Despite picking up the injury late in third quarter when his throwing hand was struck by the helmet of Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa, Goff remained in the contest and played every snap in the loss, finishing the day with 24 completions for 243 yards, no touchdowns and an interception on 43 attempts. Goff was able to place the dislocated digit back in place during the game, but since he's still dealing with a fracture, his ability to hold the football securely and throw it without discomfort could be compromised heading into Week 17. As a result, Wolford will stay ready for a potential starting assignment in a regular-season finale that will have playoff implications on the line for both the Rams and Cardinals in Week 17. It's a tough spot for Wolford, who has yet to make his NFL debut and hasn't seen competitive action since the 2019 preseason.

December 28, 2020 10:42 AM EST

John Wolford: Favorite for backup job

Wolford has impressed offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell, Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: O'Connell noted his optimism about Wolford's ability to lead the offense, "He's prepared. He's incredibly smart. I've been really happy with how he's progressed fundamentally and he's throwing the ball really well." However, it's impossible to overlook the fact Wolford has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game. He would also be a significant downgrade from No. 1 quarterback Jared Goff for the Los Angeles offense. Still, it appears Wolford is the clear favorite to secure the backup job over Josh Love and Bryce Perkins.

August 18, 2020 7:16 AM EST

John Wolford: Lines up for No. 2 role

Wolford is the current favorite for the Rams' No. 2 quarterback job, Jourdan Rodrigue and Rich Hammond of The Athletic report.

Analysis: The 24-year-old joined the Rams in April 2019 after the folding of the AAF, but he never made it to the active roster and signed a reserve/future contract after the season. Jared Goff remains the starter, but the only other quarterbacks currently on the roster are UDFAs Josh Love and Bryce Perkins after previous backup Blake Bortles hit free agency. Wolford has yet to make his NFL debut, but he should enter training camp as the team's No. 2 quarterback, barring a free-agent addition.

May 13, 2020 2:57 PM EST

John Wolford: Sticks with Rams

Wolford signed a reserve/future contract with the Rams on Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: The 24-year-old signed with the Rams in April after the folding of the AAF, but he was unable to make his way onto an active roster in 2019. Backup quarterback Blake Bortles is headed for free agency, so Wolford could stake his claim to the job over the offseason.

December 31, 2019 6:03 PM EST

John Wolford: Signing with Rams

Wolford signed a contract with the Rams on Wednesday.

Analysis: Wolford recently paced the now-defunct AAF with 14 and was one of two quarterbacks to average at least 7.9 yards per pass attempt -- third place averaged just 6.9. After cancelling his planned workout with the Vikings, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Wake Forest product now slots in as the fourth quarterback on the Rams roster behind Jared Goff, Blake Bortles and Brandon Allen.

April 10, 2019 2:26 PM EST

John Wolford: Will work out with Vikings

Wolford plans to work out with the Vikings on Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Wolford led the AAF with 11 touchdown passes before the league folded earlier this week. He also completed 60.1 percent of his throws for 7.3 yards per attempt, while also giving up six interceptions. The Wake Forest product went undrafted last year and spent just a few days with the Jets in training camp. He will now look to make an impression with the Vikings in an attempt to kick start an NFL career.

April 6, 2019 7:33 AM EST

John Wolford: Leads AAF with 11 TD passes

Wolford has tossed a league-high 11 touchdown passes through six weeks for the Arizona Hotshots in the Alliance of American Football, completing 60.1 percent of his throws for 7.3 yards per attempt while also conceding six interceptions.

Analysis: Wolford went undrafted out of Wake Forest last year and spent a few days with the Jets toward the end of the preseason. He's proven to be one of the better quarterbacks in the AAF, likely opening the door for another shot with an NFL team this summer. The 23-year-old had 29 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing scores his senior season at Wake Forest, but even with the dual-threat ability he'd probably max out as a No. 2/3 quarterback in the NFL.

March 18, 2019 6:59 AM EST

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