Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams did not plan on keeping three quarterbacks on their roster entering the season, but former Virginia Cavaliers standout
Bryce Perkins managed to change their mind. The undrafted second-year signal-caller showed enough poise and accuracy throughout the preseason to make way in the Rams’ quarterbacks room. He also turned some heads around the league with his athleticism and mobility.
According to Next Gen Stats, which tracked the speeds of ball carriers in week 3 of the preseason, Perkins ranked as one of the fastest in the NFL. Perkins happened to post two out of three of the fastest speeds of any player that week, behind only Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill.
Turns out Perkins topped 20 mph twice, with his fastest speed being 21.07 mph. You can check out the speeds of the fastest offensive ball carriers from the final week of the preseason in the graphic below.
Tyreek Hill, who recorded the fastest speed of the 2019 season (22.81 MPH), was the fastest offensive ball carrier of the final week of the 2021 preseason ??September 2, 2021
Perkins started the Rams’ final two preseason games. In the last exhibition against Denver, Perkins played the entirety of the Rams’ 17-2 road loss. He completed 24-of-42 passes for 201 yards and added nine rushes for an additional 50 yards on the ground.
“He came out and did an excellent job, I was really pleased with him,” McVay said of Perkins’ performance after the game. “He had a good look in his eye and I thought he did an excellent job tonight.”
Through three games in the preseason, Perkins completed 56-of-91 passes (61.5 % completion rate) for 451 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. He also racked up 114 yards on 22 carries.
Perkins originally joined the Rams as a free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He was waived during final roster cuts, but signed to the practice squad the next day. Perkins was elevated to the active roster for games in Week 17 and the divisional playoff round but did not make an appearance. In January 2021, he signed a reserve/futures contract with the Rams.
A three-star recruit in the Class of 2015, Perkins committed to Arizona State from Chandler (Ariz.) High. He redshirted his first year before broken vertebrae in his neck caused him to miss the entire 2016 season. After one season at Arizona Western College, Perkins transferred to Virginia.
In just two seasons at UVA, Perkins set the school's total offense record with 7,910 yards. He established both single-season passing (3,538) and total offense (4,307) records at Virginia in 2019. He helped guide Virginia to the ACC Coastal Division title in 2019 and the program's first appearance in the Orange Bowl, where the senior signal-caller passed for 323 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
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