QB Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams
|6-4, 215||Born: 10-14-1994||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Goff had his worst game since the Jeff Fisher days against the Bears. He hasn't looked like a dangerous passer for two weeks now. While he has a great matchup against the Eagles and might still be a quality fantasy option this week, the Week 14 result might have sunk teams looking forward to Week 15.
Week 15: vs Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Great matchup. The Rams logged their worst offensive performance in the Sean McVay era in Week 14, silenced by the Chicago defense on the road on a cold night in Chicago. From protection to dropped passes to questionable decisions by Jared Goff, whatever could go wrong for the Rams through the air did in the dud performance. On the season, however, the Rams are still second in big plays passing, eighth in touchdown rate, and third in yards per completion. Robert Woods is working on a 12-game streak of at least four receptions and has 60 or more yards in each of those games. Brandin Cooks had a down game in Week 14 but previously had 50 or more yards in every game this season. Tight end Gerald Everett notably saw a snap increase in Week 14 and his season high in receptions. The Eagles pass defense is a notable weak spot for the defending champions as it is a group that is missing four of the five corners to start the season. They have allowed the third-most passing plays of 20 yards or more and are middle of the road in terms of sacks. However, they have limited touchdowns, allowing only 20 touchdowns on the season and only five games of multiple scores through the air. The Eagles have been much stingier against tight ends than their near-league-high results allowing production to wide receivers. Amari Cooper notably torched the Eagles for 217 yards and three touchdowns last week with multiple long passes to Michael Gallup being open for big plays if not for an overthrown pass.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Jared Goff's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs CHI (20 / 44 / 180 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Pressure and bad decision-making was the theme of Jared Goff's dismal showing in Chicago. The Rams froze in the frigid conditions with Goff rarely looking comfortable in the pocket and the Rams struggling to get any easy yards through their scheme, concepts, or after the catch. Goff had more poor throws than quality ones, logging a should-have-been interception and a fumble (which the Rams recovered) beyond his four-turnover box score. Goff was generally late and indecisive on his drop backs and was rarely aided by his receivers (at least six drops). Goff added a safety and a critical fourth down sack to his list of demerits.
2018 Week 13 vs DET (17 / 33 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
This was arguably Goff's worst game to date this season. A lot of meat was left on the bone in the passing game, and the two turnovers he had were his fault. He had a potentially huge missed play where he pre-determined to go to Robert Woods on a Drag-Wheel conversion and missed Cooks come wide open on the Deep Over. He tried hitting Cooks on a Deep Over route on the next drive, but it was triple covered. Goff sailed the ball a bit and it was easily intercepted. He opened up the second half with a 23 yard Deep Over to Robert Woods on the first play. On the next play, he was pressured off the edge after a deep drop off play action. A replay angle showed that he had Woods open on a Deep Over again, but he dropped his eyes just as the route came open. He scrambled vertically into the teeth of the rush and was taken down for a sack, fumbling and turning the ball over in the process. The offense sputtered through much of the third quarter, with the Rams' only scoring drive coming on a field goal after Detroit attempted an onside kick (and was flagged for illegal touching), allowing the Rams to start at the Lions' 38 yard line.
2018 Week 11 vs KC (31 / 49 / 413 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 1 rush)
He is the conductor for the best offense in the league, and his growth between last year and this year is noticeable. He can alter pace, playing well fast or slow. Early in the game, the Rams went high-tempo - breaking the huddle quickly, throwing short passes, and picking up chunk plays with YAC. Even though he will never be a runner, he impresses every week with a couple of decisions where he is forced to pull the ball and improvise when things don't go according to plan. For the most part, the results stemming from these situations has been fabulous. On Goff's second sack, he probably should have just thrown the ball away - holding it too long allowed for a stripsack that the Chiefs recovered (and scored on the next play). Goff's rushing touchdown in the third quarter was a positive result of his improvisation. His accuracy vs the Chiefs was good, not great (although he's earned a very high standard be held to). He had Woods open a few times for big plays and just put too much air on his throw. Even on his completions to Woods, two of them could have gone for a touchdown if they were better thrown passes. He almost had a devastating turnover that costed the Rams the game in the 4th quarter. Down 51-47 with 2:32. He threw a corner route to Woods, but didn't see the underneath corner floating in the zone and reading his eyes. The corner easily high-pointed the ball and just flat out dropped it. Goff came right back on the next play, and hit Cooks for a 22 yard Deep Out, and then capped the drive off with a 40 yard 9 route to Gerald Everett down the left sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (28 / 39 / 318 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
The Rams started the first drive off with no-huddle. Goff directed them right down the field, not even facing a 3rd down on the opening drive. He threw completions to five different receivers on the drive, capping it off with a touchdown pass to Gerald Everett. The second drive was more methodical, with the Rams opening up their run game and slowing the pace down. They did get down to the redzone, but the drive stalled on 3rd down. The 3rd down was actually a mature decision by Goff. With nobody open, he broke the pocket to try and buy time for someone to get open. When nobody did, instead of taking a hit (or potentially a sack - losing yardage) or forcing the ball into coverage, he simply threw it away and let his field goal unit come pick up three points. Over the stretch of the game, he got pressured/hit a TON. The offensive line did not pass protect well. For the most part, Goff made mature decisions on the day. While it wasn't his gaudiest day in terms of raw output, he remained poised against a defense that got really physical with him.
2018 Week 9 vs NO (28 / 40 / 391 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Rams made a noteable commitment to perimeter throwing in this game. Tons of outs/corner routes. Nice soft touch on corner route to Higbee on first attempt. Let deep route develop despite underneath being open early. Good gain on boot. Hit deep corner route again on second drive, this time to Cooks. Rams had a surprising 3-and-out and their third drive, all Goff pass attempts. The Saints were able to get a little pressure and he threw the ball at his receivers' feet on both 1st and 2nd down. On 3rd, they ran a simple WR screen to Cooks (the Rams started the drive in field goal range already after their defense got a turnover). His interception capped off a particularly poor stretch of offense for the Rams. Their previous two drives ended with them leaving 6 points on the field after an unsuccessful field goal fake and a missed field goal. On the first play of the drive, Goff forced the ball on an underneath route over the middle to Woods and didn't see the linebacker in zone floating over to jump the route. He did run a good two minute drill, picking up a field goal despite starting at his own 25 yard line with just 26 second remaining in the half. The most encouraging outcome of the game is that Goff was able to produce down the stretch and deliver touchdowns - even without the threat of a run game and a lead to lean on. His touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp in the fourth quarter and subsequent 2-point conversion to Gerald Everett tied the game 35-35 with 10 minutes left. The Rams final two drives were a 3-and-out (punt) and a turnover on downs. The final drive in particular featured some pretty poor plays on the ball by Brandin Cooks, as both of Goff's attempts to him could have converted.
2018 Week 8 vs GB (19 / 35 / 295 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
The Rams offensive line kept getting worked in pass protection in the first half, and a lot of early down runs kept leaving the Rams in 3rd and long situations. His first sack came on 3rd and 4 of the first drive - a coverage sack where nobody was open. He took off and tried to run vertically - was patient before trying to improvise. He had Cooks open on a Deep Cross off a play action Touch Pass, but pressure forced Goff off his spot (they missed Rodger Saffold a lot in this game). He did a great job of protecting Woods on an intermediate Dig route, throwing it low and letting him go to the ground as he made the catch in traffic - he continues to be an elite player in this facet. Kept getting absolutely pummeled early in 3rd and long situations. The Rams playing behind the sticks a lot, and Green Bay front easily dominated Rams OL early in the game. Rang up 3 sacks and shut down the run. He missed Woods come open up the seam on a 3rd and 10 in the 2nd quarter, and chose instead to check the ball down to Gurley. He made two huge back-to-back throws in the two minute drill to close out the first half. Both were initially ruled incomplete as they were along the sideline but were overturned on challenged. On the first, he dropped back from shotgun, and inside pressure flushed him to his left. He avoided the sack and made an across the body throw backshoulder fade to Cooks along the left sideline. On the next play, he dropped an absolute dime to Gurley on a wheel route for 30+. After two unsuccessful Gurley run attempts, Goff capped the drive off with an easy one yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds.
2018 Week 7 vs SF (18 / 24 / 202 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Goff fumbled on the snap from under center on the third play of the game, a 3rd and 1 that went for an 8 yard loss (he recovered his own fumble). On the following drive, antastic protection by the offensive line allowed a huge 3rd and 12 conversion on a Deep In cut to Robert Woods. He had an almost pick-six towards the end of the first quarter, when he threw an inaccurate checkdown off Gerald Everett's frame. The ball popped in the air right into a defender's hands but was dropped. Hitting repeated Deep Crosses off Play Action was like taking candy from a baby vs the 49ers passrush-less Cover 3 base scheme.
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (14 / 28 / 201 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Injuries to other players and the Denver pass rush turned this into more of a game managing play for Goff. He had a great throw on Post to Cooks on the first drive, but stalled out after some short pass attempts to Todd Gurley (one of which was a Touch Pass Jet Sweep that Gurley just straight up dropped like a fumbled handoff). On the Rams' second drive (3rd and 2 from the 20) he delivered really accurate ball to a covered Robert Woods on a Deep Over that only Woods can get his hands on ñ however Woods could not bring the ball in and the drive stalled at the 20. He took two sacks to Bradley Chubb in the two minute drill closing out the first half. Both times featured deeper dropbacks and route concepts. On the first, Goff got caught holding the ball waiting for a route to come open. On the second, Von Miller beat his man and flushed Goff into Chubb's sack. His interception came near the end of the third quarter ñ he threw an outbreaking route to Josh Reynolds on the perimeter ñ the defender was able to slightly tip it and the ball hit right in Reynolds' facemask and ricocheted off for an interception.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (23 / 32 / 321 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 15 / 0 rush)
This was a solid if unspectacular day for Goff. His most impressive play of the game on the first drive - where he fumbled and was still able to avoid disaster. On the first 3rd down of the game, he was stripsacked by Frank Clark on the blindside. He picked up his own fumble and scrambled before tossing it downfield to Robert Woods for an incomplete pass, saving a turnover. His first interception came on the Rams' first trip to the redzone, where he forced a pass to the flat to Gurley that the defender turned into a tip drill interception. He fumbled the ball as it slipped out of his hands mid-release during the two minute drill - recovered by one of his OL. He capped a fairly disjointed 2 minute drill with a Hail Mary interception. In the second half, with a depleted WR core, Goff fed Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds on critical drives and they rewarded him by jumpstarting the offense in critical moments for scoring drives.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (26 / 33 / 465 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Goff's most notable form of progression and maturity in this game showed up in how he was able to move the safeties to clear out matchups that he wanted to go to. It was apparent on the first drive on a 3rd and 9 conversion to Brandin Cooks. Goff wanted to go to Cooks on a backside Drag opposite of Trips. He opened up looking to Trips to clear the area out, then snapped his head, and threw the Drag to Cooks for for the conversion. Goff also showed pinpoint accuracy all night, but this has been a pretty consistent feature of his game so far this season. Gurley's redzone touchdown catch was right over his shoulder where only Gurley could get it. On Kupp's huge catch and run, Kupp did not have to break his stride or wait for the ball at all ñ oftentimes the difference between a big play and a guaranteed touchdown. He showed fantastic eye manipulation on Cooks' long touchdown. It was similar to their first third down hookup where Goff used his eyes to move coverage towards the Trips side, allowing Cooks to run free as the backside X. Stared down Kupp to get the safety to take him, completely opening up the backside Post for Cooks. Pinpoint throw 30 yards downfield into the endzone. His third TD might be the best of his career so far. The Rams lined up in an Empty backfield. Gurley ran Jet Motion and the Rams ran a Touch Pass fake (the Empty formation Touch Pass has been a staple package for them close to the redzone this year). Cooper Kupp ran a Deep Over on the play. The left CB actually did a good job of finding Kupp and sinking down the left sideline to form double coverage with the safety, however Goff threw the pass perfectly where Kupp could split the double coverage and accelerate to the catch point where only he could get it.
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (29 / 36 / 354 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Goff had his best game of the season against the Chargers. He was really challenged to make some difficult, tight-window throws and aced the test. He also showed off his growing feel as an improviser in this game, extending a number of dropbacks for big plays. He still needs work in the redzone. He followed up a mature decision to improvise and then throw the ball away with a terrible interception due to poor accuracy on the next play. He tried throwing an Out route to Gerald Everett in the endzone. The ball was thrown slightly behind, and Derwin James easily undercut and picked off the throw. His first throw of the 2 minute drill (deep out to Robert Woods) is as good of a throw you'll see by an NFL QB. It was a Deep Out vs Cover 2 where he laid it up and over the sinking Flat CB and the safety over the top. It was a toe tap catch by Woods - a zero room for error type of throw and catch. His next most impressive play also came during the two minute drill - a gun barrell throw under pressure to Cooks to get the team into field goal range to close out the first half (the FG attempt missed). The second half is where Goff really showed his improvement extending the play - most notably on his touchdown throw to Cooper Kupp. If he can keep this improvement vs pressure up, it will rise him into the upper tier of quarterbacks.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (24 / 32 / 354 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Goff started in rhythm on the first drive, looking to get Robert Woods involved in pass game early this week. He forced Deep Over to Woods on 3rd and 10 on first drive, leading to a tip/almost interception. Goff didn't see the LB read his eyes and float over to take the route away. He shows excellent accuracy on intermediate inside breaking routes which really helps to protect Brandin Cooks, as he is being involved going over the middle more than ever in his career. Back to back Pass, hit Cooks on a Dig then sacked on next play on a Toss Boot. Arguably his most impressive throw of the day was his ugliest - a great job of getting a semi-dangerous throw to an open Robert Woods He had to deal with compressed space quickly in the pocket, throwing off-platform off his back foot -a wobbly ball but it got there for a big play. The Rams also showed a new look from their Empty Formation Touch Pass package to build off the TD play Gurley scored on vs the Raiders - this one went to Cooks for 9 yards and an almost touchdown. Goff's interception came on the first drive of the 2nd half while just outside the redzone. The Rams ran Play Action on 3rd and 9 from the 21. Goff got immediate pressure. He evaded the sack and got outside the pocket, but held the ball too long and threw it late to a covered Cooks. The result was an easy INT for Patrick Peterson. His touchdown pass came on the Rams' very last drive after they were already up 4 scores - a short toss to an uncovered Tyler Higbee in the flat.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (18 / 33 / 233 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Goff had tons of time in the pocket vs Oakland, and was not challenged in this game at all by Oakland. Held ball too long and takes a sack vs man coverage on 3rd and 8. His accuracy in this game did leave something to be desired. He was almost intercepted twice in the redzone. Once on a Spacing concept against zone coverage. Nothing was open, he needs to learn to throw it away instead of forcing it for a potential turnover in scoring range. He was almost intercepted again trying to throw to Kupp in the endzone later. The Raiders played man coverage and Kupp won from the slot on a double move. It was a bang-bang tight window but open very quickly - the ball was thrown behind and deflected (almost picked). He also just missed Robert Woods on multiple shot play opportunities in the second half. His touchdown throw to Kupp was a well-executed play. His touchdown throw to Todd Gurley came on a 19 Touch Pass - a Jet Sweep that is a forward toss instead of a handoff.
Latest NewsRams | Jared Goff dreadful in Week 14 (Mon Dec 10, 12:12 AM) - Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff finished 20-of-44 for 180 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears. link to story Rams | Jared Goff posts 207 yards, TD (Sun Dec 2, 06:36 PM) - Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff completed 17-of-33 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 13 game against the Detroit Lions. Our View: Goff wasn't clicking in the passing, but the Rams offense was still productive enough to win without a big game from him. He'll face the tough Bears defense next week.
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