Now that he's with the Lions, Jared Goff figures to be among the least popular Fantasy quarterbacks in 2021 drafts. Not only has his Fantasy production declined over each of the past three seasons, but he finds himself in Detroit's rebuilding offense rather than in the comforting and aggressive offense in Los Angeles. Not that it matters, but Goff is coming off a career-high in completion rate but a four-year low in passing touchdowns and a three-year low in passing yards. It's hard to expect a rebound from Goff considering his opponents: three tough divisional defenses twice each along with matchups against the NFC West and AFC North. Between that and his declining profile, there's no reason to spend a draft pick on Goff except in two-QB formats as a low-end, mid- to late-round starter.
Goff, two future first-round picks and a third-round pick were traded from the Rams to the Lions on Saturday in exchange for Matthew Stafford, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The trade can't become official until the start of the new league year in March, but the Rams are opting to go for broke to get an upgrade at quarterback. Goff is one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but his up-and-down performance led to consistent frustration for Los Angeles over the past couple years. The 26-year-old threw for 3,952 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes in 15 games during 2020. Goff will immediately slot in as Detroit's top quarterback and has four years and $106.6 million remaining on his contract, though only $43 million of that total is fully guaranteed.
Goff could face competition from John Wolford for the Rams' starting quarterback job in training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Goff's name keeps popping up in the NFL rumor mill, in part because Rams head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead both declined to commit to the 26-year-old when reporters asked about his future with the team, according to Kevin Modesti of The Orange County Register. A full guarantee on his 2021 base salary ensures Goff won't be released this offseason, but the Rams could still try to trade him if they believe he's maxed out as a league-average starter. Of course, they might not be able to generate any outside interest, considering Goff has four years and approximately $107 million remaining on his contract, including more than $43 million guaranteed. While his massive contract is far from ideal from the team's standpoint, Goff will still be a strong favorite to win the starting job if it comes down to a summer battle between him and Wolford.
Goff completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts for 174 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Rams' divisional-round loss to the Packers on Saturday. Goff completed a high percentage of his passes, but he rarely pushed the ball downfield. He had only five completions of more than 10 yards, two of which came during the team's second drive of the contest. Despite the conservative approach -- which may have been forced due to the health of his thumb -- Goff kept the Rams competitive late into the game by not committing any turnovers. Heading into 2021, Goff is under contract and is almost certain to remain the team's starting quarterback due to the cap restraints of his deal.
Goff will start Saturday's playoff game in Green Bay, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. Earlier in the week, coach Sean McVay suggested he was undecided between Goff and John Wolford, with the former still healing from thumb surgery and the latter now nursing a neck injury. It turns out Wolford won't be able to play, making the decision an easy one for McVay. Goff has been wearing gloves during practice this week, hoping it'll help his grip as he prepares to play in cold weather with his right thumb still bothering him. He completed nine of 19 passes for 155 yards and a TD in the Rams' 30-20 win over Seattle last week, and he's been a full participant in practice this week.
Rams head coach Sean McVay said he's taking the decision on his starting quarterback between Goff (thumb) and John Wolford (neck) "a day at a time" ahead of Saturday's divisional-round game at Green Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Goff has been a full participant in practice this week, while Wolford hasn't practiced at all after picking up a stinger in the wild-card victory over Seattle. Entering that game in place of Wolford, Goff completed nine of 19 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown. Considering where the two quarterbacks stand as of Wednesday, Goff likely is the leading candidate to direct the Rams offense this weekend, but McVay may also take the decision down to the wire, as he did in the postseason opener.
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