Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams addressed the media yesterday with updates regarding the team. As expected, the question regarding Aaron Donald’s holdout was asked, however, McVay’s response was entirely different than in recent times. McVay was smiling and gazing directly into the camera and spoke the phrase:
“Aaron,“see you soon, buddy.”
It pointed out to Coach McVay that in last seasons preseason final, the Rams only had one quarterback available to play the entire game, and would that become the same scenario this season. McVay was quick to comment that that was true and that the talented UDFA quarterback out of Texas A&M Commerce, Luis Perez was going to see some intense action in the second half.
The Rams play their final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome tomorrow night. There will be many players such as Perez who will be fighting for roster spots or auditioning for another team. In all fairness, Perez was the afforded the opportunity this preseason perhaps because McVay needed to see more out his other two backup quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Brandon Allen.
When the news was first reported that the Rams had signed Perez, he immediately became a fan favorite. Training camp was full of supporters who drove down to see the once great college quarterback. The Latin communities were happy to learn of the fact that Perez who is of Mexican descent, is one of few Latino quarterbacks to have the opportunity to play in the NFL.
Perez was the recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in Divison I football. He may be a long shot to make team roster, but many such as myself will rally behind him for great play.
The road may be coming to an end for Mannion, who has somewhat not been in standing with the Ram fans. His play has been subpar of a player who was drafted as high as a third-round selection from the 2015 NFL Draft. If Allen plays well tomorrow night, and Perez who may be a project, can at least play mediocre, expect to a surprise trade or outright release of Mannion.
In any event, good luck to Perez, as he will have his first NFL action against the Saints in a very loud stadium. New Orleans is about a little less than 500 miles from Commerce, Texas where Perez played collegiately. There is a certain that quite of few fans will make the drive across the Texas state line be in attendance to watch the quarterback who led them to a Division II National Championship.