Goff completed 17 of 32 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in Monday's 33-13, Week 1 win at Oakland.
Goff had just seven completions with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, but he exploded for 55 yards on his next three passes, including an eight-yard touchdown to Cooper Kupp to break a 13-13 tie on the last play of the quarter. He also had a 19-yard touchdown pass to Todd Gurley in the first quarter and showed a good rapport with offseason addition Brandin Cooks, who finished with a team-high 87 receiving yards on five catches.
It appeared Goff was set to play early in the week, but head coach Sean McVay later changed his mind and eventually decided to rest nearly all of the offensive starters Saturday. Goff may have played his last down of the preseason already, but he'll retake the reins under center when the Rams open the regular season with a Week 1 Monday night game against the Raiders.
Coach Sean McVay said Goff may not suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Texans, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Just two days removed from stating Goff would be out there this weekend, McVay has changed his tune with potentially three starting offensive lineman out of commission. The key seems to be the health of right tackle Rob Havenstein, who recently injured his ankle. It appears that if Havenstein takes a seat, McVay won't risk Goff's health just to make sure he gets in-game reps during exhibition season. If Goff is held out, he'll enter the regular season without an offensive snap since the Rams were knocked out of last postseason Jan. 6.
Goff could be held out of Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
Rams coach Sean McVay may elect to keep Goff sidelined during the team's first preseason contest in order to avoid any injuries to his starting quarterback, which would remove him from consideration in DFS formats Thursday. If this is the case, the trio of Sean Mannion, Brandon Allen and Luis Perez figure to split reps at the helm as they compete for the primary backup spot at QB. From the sounds of it, a number of the Rams' top players could be sidelined as a precautionary move Thursday.
Rams coach Sean McVay is confident Goff will continue to develop in 2018, despite losing former offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to the Titans and former quarterbacks coach Greg Olson to the Raiders, Myles Simmons of the team's official website reports.
Perhaps more important than the aforementioned coaching changes, the Chiefs outbid the Rams for Sammy Watkins, who accounted for eight of Goff's 28 passing touchdowns last year. It shouldn't be a crippling blow, considering Watkins had only 39 receptions for 593 yards on 70 targets, finishing far behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in all three categories. The Rams may turn to 2017 fourth-round pick Josh Reynolds for the third spot in three-wide sets, though there's still plenty of time to secure a better option via free agency or the draft. Goff figures to benefit from continuity despite the ancillary changes, as he'll still be playing behind a strong line in a McVay-directed offense with Todd Gurley in the backfield.
|5||10/7/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||15||477||296||62.1||3804||7.97||94||28||7||25/172||54||12||100.5|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||2||65||42||64.6||587||9.03||57||3||1||3/20||10||1||102.5|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||15||28||51||1.8||22||1||1||3|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||2||3||1||0.3||2||0||0||1|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||8||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|