John Wolford

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #10

John Wolford News

Joins Tamp

Wolford signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: The former Ram gives Tampa a third quarterback on the roster for spring practices, behind Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask. The 27-year-old Wolford started one game for Los Angeles in 2020 and three last year, but he hasn't shown much promise with only one TD pass and five interceptions on 104 pass attempts in the NFL.

May 9, 2023 7:04 AM EST

Disappoints in two starts

Wolford completed 38 of 62 passes for 390 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions during the 2022 season, while adding eight rushing attempts for 32 yards.

Analysis: Matthew Stafford (neck) going down for the season gave Wolford the chance to prove his worth as the Rams' primary backup quarterback. Wolford, who had just one start to his name coming into the season, started in Week 10 and struggled, throwing for 212 yards, a touchdown and an interception while losing a fumble. Wolford then missed the next games with a neck injury, and returned in Week 13. The two weeks of rest did nothing to prevent another rough outing for the 27-year-old quarterback, as he threw for just 178 yards and a pair of interceptions. The third-year signal caller out of Wake Forest is a restricted free agent, but the Rams may choose to move on from the struggling Wolford and bring in veteran depth as an insurance policy for Stafford.

Jan 13, 2023 2:59 PM EST

Healthy scratch for Week 18

Wolford (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Wolford had missed each of the Rams' previous three matchups due to a neck injury, but he'll now miss this weekend's matchup versus Seattle as a result of a coach's decision. Bryce Perkins is slated to serve as Baker Mayfield's only backup quarterback option Sunday.

Jan 8, 2023 12:17 PM EST

Off injury report

Wolford (neck) wasn't listed on the Rams' first injury report of Week 18 on Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Prior to the last three games, Wolford didn't practice due to a persistent neck injury and was inactive on each occasion. Now that he's mixed back in drills and handled every rep, he can resume serving as a reserve signal-caller on game day. Currently, Baker Mayfield is filling in for Matthew Stafford (neck), so Wolford and Bryce Perkins are the other two QBs available to the Rams in a pinch.

Jan 4, 2023 5:04 PM EST

Unavailable Week 17

Wolford (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford will miss his third consecutive game after failing to practice during Week 17 prep with a persistent neck injury. As a result, Bryce Perkins will continue to serve as the Rams' backup quarterback behind starter Baker Mayfield.

Dec 30, 2022 4:42 PM EST

No practice reps Wednesday

Wolford (neck) didn't practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford hasn't logged any notable on-field work since playing the first three offensive snaps in a Week 14 win against the Raiders, which also marked Baker Mayfield's first game action with the Rams. A lingering neck issue is to blame for Wolford's continued absence, and as long as he's sidelined, Bryce Perkins will remain the direct backup quarterback to Mayfield.

Dec 28, 2022 3:11 PM EST

Not available Week 16

Wolford (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford will be sidelined for a second straight game while he continues to battle a lingering neck injury that kept him from practicing all week. Bryce Perkins will step in for Wolford as the backup to quarterback Baker Mayfield, who draws his second consecutive start.

Dec 23, 2022 1:33 PM EST

DNP at walkthrough

Wolford (neck) didn't take part in Thursday's walkthrough, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Rams didn't hold a session Wednesday, but Wolford hasn't mixed into any of the minimal drills that the team has gone through this week as he deals with a lingering neck issue. His status for Sunday's game against the Broncos may gain some clarity on L.A.'s final Week 16 practice report, which could be forecast if he's unable to get on-field work Friday.

Dec 22, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Still not practicing

Wolford (neck) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford hasn't logged any on-field activity since working the first possession of the Rams' Week 14 win against the Raiders. A lingering neck injury is to blame, and he may be trending toward a second consecutive absence without making an appearance at practice this week. In any case, Baker Mayfield seems poised to run the Rams offense down the stretch as long as he's healthy, so Wolford may be afforded all the time he needs to get back to 100 percent.

Dec 21, 2022 3:19 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 15

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that Wolford (neck) won't play Monday against the Packers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford, who suffered a neck injury during Week 13, played the first series of last Thursday's comeback win over Las Vegas before Baker Mayfield took over. Given Mayfield's performance, it's not shocking to see him promoted to a full-time starter, but it appears Bryce Perkins will operate as Mayfield's backup, while Wolford fully recovers from his current neck issue.

Dec 13, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Headed back to bench

Wolford is set to move into a backup role beginning with the Rams' Week 15 game at Green Bay, as head coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday that Baker Mayfield is expected to start the team's final four contests of the season, Greg Beacham of The Associated Press reports.

Analysis: McVay's commitment to Mayfield comes as little surprise after the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick came on to replace Wolford in Thursday's 17-16 win over the Raiders. Wolford, who was managing a sore neck heading into the contest, ended up picking up his second straight start, but he was pulled from the game after he handed the ball off three times before the Rams punted on their first possession of the night. Mayfield came on to play every snap on offense thereafter, and while he struggled to move the offense for most of the night, he orchestrated a 98-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive that culminated with a go-ahead 23-yard touchdown catch by Van Jefferson with just 10 seconds remaining. The Rams will give Mayfield a chance to build on that strong finish rather than handing the reins of the offense back over to Wolford, who has completed 38 of 62 pass attempts for 390 yards and a touchdown while turning the ball over four times over his three appearances on the season.

Dec 9, 2022 3:25 PM EST

Only plays first series

Wolford (neck) only played on the Rams' first possession in Thursday night's 17-16 win over the Raiders before giving way to Baker Mayfield.

Analysis: Wolford handed off to Cam Akers on the first two plays and Tutu Atwell on the third, with the possession netting all of three yards. Baker Mayfield replaced Wolford on the second drive of the game and ultimately led the Rams to a wild comeback win while taking every snap the rest of the way, and his performance seemingly ensures Wolford will be relegated to a No. 2 role at best for a Week 15 Monday night road matchup against the Packers on Dec. 19.

Dec 8, 2022 9:02 PM EST

Serving as Rams' starter

Wolford started for the Rams in Thursday's game against the Raiders, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford was the favorite to start, though both Baker Mayfield and Bryce Perkins are also active. It's possible that any combination of those players takes snaps in Thursday's game, but Wolford will have the first chance to lead the offense. Entering Thursday's game, he had completed 38 of his 62 passes for 390 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Dec 8, 2022 5:35 PM EST

Trending toward start Thursday

Wolford (neck) seems to be trending toward starting Thursday against the Raiders after working with the Rams' first-team offense during pregame, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Wolford didn't take the field during warmups, but he did emerge for pregame work, taking snaps from starting center Brian Allen. Assuming his sore neck checks out well, Wolford will be under center following Thursday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff ahead of Baker Mayfield, whom L.A. claimed off waivers Tuesday. There's a chance Wolford cedes snaps to Mayfield at some point, and the Rams' receiving corps is depleted, so the former doesn't exactly have a great situation in which to succeed Week 14.

Dec 8, 2022 4:51 PM EST

Available in Week 14

Wolford (neck) is listed as active Thursday against the Raiders, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: As are newcomer Baker Mayfield, who was claimed off waivers by the Rams on Tuesday, and Bryce Perkins. Wolford himself had his practice reps managed this week as he continues to deal with a sore neck. Ultimately, his status for Week 14 was contingent on a pregame warmup, which checked out well enough for him to be available Thursday. But L.A. has yet to reveal who among Wolford or Mayfield will be the team's starting signal-caller, which may come down to a game-time decision.

Dec 8, 2022 3:53 PM EST

Status hinges on pregame warmup

Wolford (neck), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Raiders, will go through a pregame warmup before the Rams decide on whether he'll start the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Rams will release their inactive list 90 minutes ahead of the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff, but even if Wolford isn't included on the list, he may not be guaranteed to make his second consecutive start like the team planned. If Wolford doesn't respond as well to warmups as hoped, the Rams could still keep him available as an emergency backup, in which case new acquisition Baker Mayfield would likely step in to start in his L.A. debut. Despite being claimed off waivers from the Panthers on Tuesday and not arriving in Los Angeles until later that day, Mayfield is already up to speed with the Rams' game plan after practicing Wednesday, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The Rams also have Bryce Perkins on hand as another option at quarterback, but both Wolford and Mayfield look to be ahead of him on the depth chart.

Dec 8, 2022 8:10 AM EST

Status in question for Thursday

Wolford (neck) is listed a questionable for Thursday's game against the Raiders, Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee reports.

Analysis: Wolford got the start at quarterback for the Rams in Week 13, a contest in which he missed one snap after getting his foot stepped on by a Seahawks defender. On Monday, coach Sean McVay said Wolford was dealing with a sore neck, which forced a DNP on Monday's estimated practice report and limited listings following Tuesday's walkthrough and Wednesday's jogthrough. With Wolford's status in question for Week 14 action, the Rams' quandary under center remains unsettled, especially after the team's claim of Baker Mayfield off waivers Tuesday. If he's active, Wolford likely will be out there for L.A.'s first offensive snap, but Mayfield and Bryce Perkins are the other candidates to get QB reps Thursday.

Dec 7, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Limited Tuesday

Wolford (neck) participated in limited fashion at Tuesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford's limited participation is a trend in a positive direction, as he was considered a non-participant at Monday's practice. More clarity on his status for Thursday's matchup with the Raiders will come following Wednesday's injury report. If he is ultimately forced to sit out, Bryce Perkins would likely be the next man up under center. It should be noted the Browns claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers Tuesday, which means he will be competing for a chance to direct the Rams' offense down the stretch.

Dec 6, 2022 4:21 PM EST

Listed as DNP

Wolford (neck) is listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: The Rams didn't practice, so Monday's report was simply an estimate. Wolford drew the start in Week 13 with Matthew Stafford (neck) on IR and played all put one offensive snap. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but he'll have to more chances to log a full practice before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Thursday's matchup against the Raiders. If Wolford is sidelined, Bryce Perkins would likely be the next man up.

Dec 5, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Considered day-to-day

Coach Sean McVay said Monday that Wolford suffered a neck injury during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and is considered day-to-day, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Matthew Stafford (neck) on IR, Wolford drew his second start of the season in Week 13 and completed 14 of 26 passes for 178 yards and two interceptions. He played all but one offensive snap but appears to have picked up a neck injury of his own. With the Rams on a short week, it's very possible Bryce Perkins could be in line to start Thursday's matchup against Las Vegas. However, Wolford's participation at practice this week will likely provide further clarity on the Rams' quarterback situation.

Dec 5, 2022 10:14 AM EST

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