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Los Angeles Rams retaining QB Brandon Allen for another year

Brandon Allen

Less than a week off of their tough Super Bowl 53 loss, the Los Angeles Rams have already set their sights toward next season. They started by re-signing two practice squad players to free agent contracts. According to the team’s transaction page, they are bringing back quarterback Brandon Allen and offensive tackle Darrell Williams.

Allen, 26, was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Arkansas. He was claimed off of waivers by the Rams in September of 2017 and has served as a back-up to starter Jared Goff ever since. Allen made it into one game last season, a September contest against the Raiders in Oakland.

Second-string quarterback Sean Mannion is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Rams decided to bring back Allen to provide some certainty behind Goff in case Mannion goes elsewhere.

Mannion appeared in three games with the Rams in 2018. The 26-year-old has spent the entirety of his four-year career with the Rams. He has played in ten games and started one.

Allen starred for Arkansas from 2012-15. In 42 games over his four years there, Allen threw for 64 touchdowns and rushed for four, compared to 26 interceptions. He averaged 7.3 passing yards and 1.0 rushing yards per attempt. He led Arkansas to back-to-back bowl games in 2014-15.

Williams, 25, played in all 16 regular season games for the Rams in 2017, but did not appear for the team in 2018. He started the team’s 2017 season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. He was originally signed out of South Florida University by the Rams in 2015.