Rams QB John Wolford ‘Confident’ for NFL Debut Against Cardinals

If you click on the statistics page of John Wolford, it reads “NO RESULTS AVAILABLE” in large, bold letters. This is not a filter issue or a loading issue. The 25-year-old quarterback has had no NFL rules for the regular season in his career.

Wolford has no time to crawl or use a walking aid. No, the Los Angeles Rams full-back must be from his first turn as he makes his NFL debut in a win-and-win week 17 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

After planning a financial career, the Wake Forest product set aside a bank presentation to stand a chance as an NFL QB. Unpublished in 2018, Wolford received a call from the New York Jets, where he spent the preseason. Then he made a mark in the AAF with the Arizona Hotshots, completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 1,617 yards (the second most in the league), 7.8 yards per attempt with an AAF-high 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions and a 95.9 QB rating. .

After his career in the deceased league, Wolford landed in 2019 as Jared Goff’s backup. With Sean McVay as coach, there is not a much better landing place for a young QB to work every day. After Goff underwent surgery on his thumb this week, Wolford’s first careers will come in a high-pressure situation.

“It was a fun journey to get to this point,” Wolford said Wednesday via the Associated Press. “It’s a lot of hard work and I’m confident in the time I’ve spent here. I’m confident in my ability as a player. I know I can turn it around. I know how to throw, and then it’s going mentally. about the right decisions. ‘

If you’re looking for trivia in Sunday’s game, then there’s this excellent hug on Wolford: he starts in week 17, he has 22 fewer NFL pass attempts (0) in his career than Rams punter Johnny Hekker (13 -or-22, 184 pass yards, 1 TD, 1 INT in career).

The high stakes do not scare the former demon deacon.

“I’m just going to put my head down and work to the best of my ability,” Wolford said. “Whatever happens, I will be able to sleep at night. I’m just looking forward to the opportunity.”

Wolford becomes the 25th QB to start his first career in Week 17 (since the NFL switched to a 16-game season in 1978). The previous 24 have a 5-19 WL record, but each of the last two has won (Patrick City, Kansas City, in 2017 in DEN and Carolina, Kyle Allen in 2018 on NO).

This is a new challenge for McVay. Goff started all of the game except one of the coaching season in LA, a game of week 17 in 2017 when the entree rested. Sean Mannion started the day with the Rams already clinching the NFC West.

Sunday’s sub-situation will be very different.