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Sean McVay Leaning One Way On Baker Mayfield Playing This Thursday Night

Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers

Baker Mayfield could make his Los Angeles Rams debut as soon as Thursday night.

It was less than 24 hours ago that Baker Mayfield officially became a member of the Los Angeles Rams, with the Rams claiming the former Panthers quarterback off waivers Tuesday afternoon.

It sounds like in just another day we could see Mayfield make his debut with his new team.

According to Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site, coach Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that he "would lean toward Mayfield being active" when the team faces the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday Night Football.

"McVay said he would lean toward Mayfield being active tomorrow night against the Raiders," Jackson tweeted.

McVay did not say whether or not that means Mayfield would start against the Raiders, although it seems unlikely that the team would use an active roster spot on a player not expected to see the field.

If Mayfield does indeed start on Thursday night, it would be an impressively quick turnaround. 

The Rams reportedly faxed Mayfield a copy of the playbook after they officially claimed him on waivers at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and he arrived in Los Angeles that evening. But he won't have taken part in an actual practice with the team by the time Thursday's game kicks off.

If Mayfield is unable to learn the offense in time, either John Wolford or Bryce Perkins will start behind center. The Rams placed starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve last week.

Mayfield reportedly asked for his release from the Carolina Panthers earlier this week after being informed that he would be demoted to third on the team's depth chart.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick struggled mightily in seven games with the Panthers, completing 57.8 percent of his passes and throwing six touchdowns versus six interceptions.

The Rams will hope Mayfield, who will sport a new jersey number in LA, can turn over a new leaf and provide a boost to an offense that has languished in its Super Bowl encore. 

The Rams rank 29th in the NFL in scoring and 31st in total offense on the season. They've lost six games in a row.