Jared Goff had a forgettable rookie season in 2016, but the hope is the additions of new coach Sean McVay and new receiver Sammy Watkins will help him improve this year. Goff, who didn't start his first NFL game until Week 11, finished the season by completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions with a rushing touchdown. In seven starts, Goff had one game with 25 Fantasy points in a standard league and six starts with 13 points or less. McVay's fresh new playbook and the threat of Watkins in the offense provide optimism, but an up-and-down training camp makes Goff a risk not worth taking on Draft Day. If anything, expect to find him on waivers during the season.
Goff completed 16 of 20 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders. Sammy Watkins only caught two passes for eight yards on four targets in his Rams debut, but that didn't stop Goff from impressing for a second straight week, as rookie Cooper Kupp (6-70-1) more than picked up the slack. Goff and Watkins barely missed out on a 28-yard scoring connection when a perfect pass slipped through the wideout's hands in tight coverage, with Raiders CB Sean Smith perhaps slightly deflecting the ball. The Rams' first-team offense finished with 17 points and no turnovers on four drives, looking far better than it did at any point last season. Granted, it was only one half of a preseason game, against an Oakland defense with some obvious holes.
Goff completed three of four passes for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason opener against Dallas. Goff was sharp in his brief 2017 debut, with the lone incompletion being a drop by Robert Woods. More important than Saturday's performance, the second-year quarterback now has a legitimate No. 1 receiver in Sammy Watkins, who didn't suit up for Saturday's game. Goff and Watkins figure to get extended playing time together in the second and third weeks of the preseason.
Goff was sharp during Sunday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. In particular the second-year quarterback connected with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods on impressive completions during 11-on-11 drills, and Goff has shown especially strong chemistry with Woods through the first two days of training camp. It's encouraging that Goff is in stride with two of his new receivers already. Still, after a dreadful rookie debut, he has a lot to prove before he can be viewed as a reliable fantasy asset in the majority of settings.
Goff said he has a full understanding of new coach Sean McVay's offense, which has already had 95 percent of its plays installed, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports. Goff took a notoriously long time to grasp the Rams' playbook as a rookie last season, when he didn't earn his first start until Week 11. From there, Goff looked nothing like a No. 1 overall pick, finishing with a 54.6 completion percentage, 5.3 yards per attempt and five touchdowns versus seven interceptions. In the wake of a coaching staff overhaul, however, Goff appears to have adjusted to McVay's scheme much better this offseason. While that reportedly comes thanks to simplified terminology and concepts, it remains to be seen whether Goff can translate his improved knowledge into on-field success.
Goff has been working with renowned quarterback coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in Los Angeles this offseason, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports. Goff's teaming up with House and Dedeaux comes after last year's top overall pick endured a rocky rookie campaign that included just five touchdowns versus seven interceptions in seven games played. Over that span, Goff averaged the fewest yards per attempt (5.31) in the league, but by working with House and Dedeaux, whose list of clients includes Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Eli Manning, Goff will hope their program's focus on conditioning, mechanics, nutrition and the mental side of playing quarterback can translate into an improved second season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@San Francisco 49ers||24||21.75|
|9||11/05||@New York Giants||2||15.71|
|12||11/26||New Orleans Saints||23||21.31|
|17||12/31||San Francisco 49ers||24||21.75|
|3 Year Avg||54.6||1089||5||7||16||1||73|