Keenum, Mannion heat up practice


While Jared Goff and Nick Foles have been the quarterbacks making the news at the Los Angeles Rams offseason camp at River Ridge fields, two other signal callers have been taking most of the snaps with starting offense.

Case Keenum started the final five games of last season and remains atop the depth chart.
The 28-year-old from the University of Houston has emerged as a leader among the position group, according to offensive coordinator Rob Boras.

“Case is a real cerebral person,” Boras said. “Case is trying to raise everybody’s level. It got to start with himself.

One year before the Rams made Goff the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, they nabbed another Pacific-12 Conference quarterback from the Bay Area.

Sean Mannion, the Oregon State product from Pleasanton, completed six of the seven passes he threw as a rookie after the Rams selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

“We obviously thought very highly of him when we drafted him,” Boras said. “It kind of fell where he just didn’t get a whole lot of reps.

“He’s made huge strides. Physically, he’s changed his body. We’re seeing some of the foot quickness and sudden twitch stuff that we’ve talked about.”

Mannion worked with the No. 1 offense on Friday, when Keenum took the day off.

The Rams announced the signing of their entire six-player draft class to professional contracts Thursday, releasing statements and photos from each player signing in the lobby of the Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge.

No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff signed a four-year contract worth $27.9 million, including a $18.6 million signing bonus, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Tight ends Tyler Higbee and Temarrick Hemingway, receivers Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas and linebacker Josh Forrest also signed their deals.



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