Jared Goff has improved in each of his three seasons in the NFL, and hopefully this will be his best year yet. But even if he plays just as well as he did in 2018, that would be just fine for Fantasy players. Goff was the No. 6 Fantasy quarterback last season, and he scored at least 20 Fantasy points in 10 games. He should get Cooper Kupp (ACL) back at 100 percent, and hopefully Todd Gurley (knee) won't have any issues by the time we get to Week 1. With Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, Goff has plenty of weapons, and he's worth drafting as a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues with a late-round pick.
The Rams have elected to pick up Goff's fifth-year option, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports. While the Rams aren't expected to extend Goff this offseason, the team will have him under contract through at least the 2020 campaign. The team has spent a bunch of money recently on the likes of Aaron Donald, Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley, so it will sit on Goff's cheaper rookie deal for the time being. Coming off a 32-touchdown campaign and a Super Bowl appearance in 2018, Goff has the weapons around him in Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp (knee) and Todd Gurley to post another healthy statistical season under center.
Goff is not expected to receive a contract extension this offseason, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. This isn't exactly a surprise, as Goff's fifth-year option is still significantly cheaper ($20 million) than what he'd receive via an extension --- a particularly vital fact considering recent spending sprees on Aaron Donald, Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley in the past nine months. While Goff has improved in each of his two seasons with head coach Sean McVay, questions still linger about the quarterback's ability to lead his team to an NFL championship, with a 229-yard, one-interception stinker in the most recent Super Bowl acting as a glaring spotlight. Recency bias aside, Goff is certainly deserving of a pay raise, sporting the fifth-most passing yards and fourth-most touchdowns in the league over the past two seasons combined. While it's possible Goff and his representation could wait till Patrick Mahomes receives his inevitable record-setting contract extension, the Rams might attempt to accelerate the negotiations in order to avoid what figures to be market-resetting figure. It just isn't expected to occur this offseason.
Goff completed 19 of 38 pass attempts for 229 yards and one interception during Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Patriots. Goff struggled on the big stage, completing just 50 percent of his passes for 6.0 yards per attempt. He nearly completed a pair of touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks, only to see Patriots defenders break the play up on both occasions, though arguably Cooks could have made his quarterback look great had he made a tough catch. All in all, it was a disappointing performance for Goff, who played well in a 26-23 victory over the Saints in the NFC Championship Game. He was coming off a breakout regular season in which he totaled 4,688 passing yards to go along with a completion percentage of 64.9 and a 32:12 TD:INT.
Goff completed 25 of 40 passes for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Rams' 26-23 overtime win over the Saints in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. He also rushed three times for 10 yards and lost a fumble but recovered. In a game that featured decidedly fewer offensive fireworks than during the regular-season meeting between the two teams, Goff still delivered a strong final line, and most important, spearheaded a Super Bowl-clinching win. The third-year pro didn't have his usual connection with Robert Woods going, as the Saints limited the veteran downfield while holding him to six catches for 33 yards. However, Goff successfully pivoted to Brandin Cooks, who touched up his old squad for seven grabs and 107 yards. Goff also connected with Josh Reynolds successfully on several key completions in the second half, and he made two key connections with Tyler Higbee under pressure on what would turn out to be the game-winning drive. Goff will now try to replicate his strong effort in two weeks' time during a Super Bowl matchup against the winner of the Patriots-Chiefs showdown later Sunday.
Goff completed 15 of 28 pass attempts for 186 yards, adding six rushes for 12 yards during Saturday's 30-22 win against the Cowboys. Goff very nearly hooked up with Brandin Cooks for a second-quarter touchdown strike, but it was ruled that Cooks failed to maintain possession going to the ground as Los Angeles was forced to settle for a Greg Zuerlein field-goal try moments later. The third-year quarterback's most pivotal play may have come on the final drive, as he scampered for 11 yards on third-and-long to help the Rams run out the clock on Dallas' comeback bid. Goff owns a 5:0 TD:INT ratio over his past three outings, but he's averaged an unspectacular 200.3 passing yards per game over that span. Awaiting in the NFC Championship Game is a bounce-back opportunity regardless of the outcome of Sunday's Eagles-Saints tilt, as both teams ranked bottom five against the pass during the regular season.
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|2||09/15||New Orleans Saints||28||22.78|
|4||09/29||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||23.13|
|6||10/13||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|16||12/22||@San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
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