He may not be the team’s first-string quarterback but Jared Goff has been improving each and every day leading up to the 2016 NFL season.
On Saturday, Goff took yet another step forward, performing his skills in what turned out to be a practice in front of thousands of Rams fans at the Coliseum.
Goff, the first overall draft pick in 2016 has high expectations for a future in Los Angeles, but with his first NFL game looming he feels comfortable.
“I’m starting to settle in a little bit,” said Goff.
At the home of USC Trojans, Rams fans flooded the stands and watched as the 2 1/2 training camp practice proceeded.
“Walking down the tunnel for the first time, for some of these guys, was a cool experience,” said Coach Jeff Fisher, who played defensive back at USC and coached in the stadium as an NFL assistant.
Goff, who is likely to play a half against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in the team’s preseason opener currently sits behind Case Keenum on the quarterback depth chart.
“He was locked in, focused and he knew exactly where the play clock was,” Fisher said.“It was good for him to finish up on a really good note.
“And now he can get his mind right for next weekend.”
Although competing, Keenum has been a mentor to Goff so far this season.
“I really like Jared. I think he’s a great football player, but he’s a great person too,” said Keenum. “I’m excited to see what he brings to the team, to the quarterback room. He’s very, very talented. He came in that way. So I’m excited to see where he’s going to grow and what he’s going to be able to accomplish in this league. He’ll play for a long time.”
Goff is also learning from Keenum and their competition is healthy.
“I didn’t know what to expect coming in, and it’s been far and away more than I could’ve ever expected from somebody like him — the way he’s helped me, treated me, and brought me in, helped me with anything,” Goff said. “If I’ve got a question, I’ll go to him and he’s going to help me.”
As it seems, the starting quarterback job is Keenum’s to lose, but the amount of respect between the two has boosted everyone’s moral.
“Anytime anybody’s doing well, it’s exciting for our team. It makes our team better,” said Keenum. “He’s doing well, it pushes me. I’m doing well, it pushes him. And I think that’s what competition is about — making each other better. And in turn, that’ll make the team better.”