Considering their injured starting quarterback and a relatively lackluster offense last season, the now Los Angeles Rams did well for themselves in 2015. They managed a 7-9 record and a third place rank in the division – a marginal improvement from their 6-10 and fourth place rank of 2014. And yet, the Rams haven’t been almost relevant in the NFC West since they last progressed to postseason back in 2004.
But the addition of rookie quarterback Jared Goff is projected to bring the Rams up to the competitive caliber for which they were once known. The Rams’ offense ranked worst in the league in 2015 under Nick Foles. They averaged 297 yards and 17 points per game, and Foles threw for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games.
Goff’s collegiate statistics actually surpass Foles’ professional numbers entirely, as Goff went for 12,195 yards and 96 touchdowns in three years at University of California, Berkeley. Foles has racked up 8,805 yards and 53 touchdowns in four seasons, three of which he spent with the Philadelphia Eagles pre-trade. Granted, the pace of the NFL is projected to be a hurdle for Goff, and yet there’s no denying that he’s a talented quarterback with huge command over the football.
Upon the completion of OTAs, the Rams are still looking to solidify their wide receivers. Now that they arguably have the quarterback to push them over the edge, his support must come from a solid receiving core. So far, the Rams wide receivers consist of Tavon Austin, Bradley Marquez, Stedman Bailey, Pharoh Cooper, Brian Quick, Kenny Britt, and Michael Thomas.
The sixth wide receiver spot has yet to be officially established. Rookies Cooper and Thomas have already established their places on the 53-man roster from OTAs.
“They both have a specific role or skill set,” said Rams’ General Manager Les Snead. “Pharoh in the slot, kind of a weapon role. Michael as an outside guy, who’s caught a lot of contested balls in his career.”