Jeff Fisher says Case Keenum 'is still clearly ahead' of Jared Goff

Jared Goff is the future for the Los Angeles Rams, the only question is when that future begins. Is it in 2017, after a season on the bench, or is it sooner? Could the 2016 No. 1 overall pick win the job this preseason, or perhaps a few weeks into the season?

Coach Jeff Fisher didn't offer a specific timetable but he made it clear on Wednesday that the rookie remains a backup behind veteran Case Keenum.

"Case is still clearly ahead," Fisher said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. "Jared's getting better. ... Every day, there's something he does better and different."

But also Fisher offered the requisite caveats.

"We have to be realistic," the coach said, "because who's going to eventually give us the best chance to win? And when is that going to be?"

Against the Cowboys in the preseason opener, Goff looked like ... well, a rookie. In two series, he completed 4 of 9 passes for 38 yards and threw an interception. He was constantly under pressure, and it didn't help that several throws were dropped.

Still, Goff's teammates have come away impressed with what they've seen.

"Is he willing to stay there in the pocket and make the tough throws?" wide receiver Kenny Britt said, via the Los Angeles Times. "He is. You can tell he's taking advantage of what the offensive coordinator is giving him."

And rookie Pharaoh Cooper, who dropped one of Goff's passes against the Cowboys, added: "He's getting more confident. You can tell just in the huddle, the play calls. In his voice, you can just tell. He's growing up, starting to embrace the role of being the starting quarterback -- of trying to be the starting quarterback, competing with Case."

So how close is Goff to becoming NFL quarterback with a capital "Q"?

"Oh, not as close as you'd like," Goff admitted. "Every day you try to get better, and I don't think I'll ever be complacent and happy with where I am, no matter what. You always want to get better, and I think that will remain true for the rest of my career."

The Rams gave up six picks -- including two first-rounders -- to move up and take Goff. The hope is that he'll be able to lead them to the postseason for the first time since 2004 -- and a winning record for the first time since 2003.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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