Ex-No. 1 Overall Pick Jared Goff Not Assured of Starting QB Spot With Rams

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 06/01/17 09:40AM EDT
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Quarterback Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals.(Photo : Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Based on coach Sean McVay's latest statement, second year quarterback Jared Goff's starting job with the Los Angeles Rams is not set in stone.

While McVay is satisfied with Goff's performance in training camp, the coach said he will play the quarterback who will give the team a better chance to win.

"You always want to make sure that you're playing the guy that you feel like gives you the best ability to win football games, because we owe it to our coaches, to our players and to this organization to do that," said McVay, per SB Nation.

Currently, McVay said Goff will be the team's starting quarterback but will also monitor the improvement of backup Sean Mannion.

The Rams expect Goff to live up to his billing as a former No. 1 pick this season. Last year, they traded up for the No. 1 overall pick to get Goff.

However, Goff struggled in the preseason, forcing the Rams to settle for Case Keenum as starter. Keenum started nine games for the Rams, throwing for 2,201 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, the Rams have noticed significant improvement from Goff, with general manager Les Snead saying that the quarterback was right on target during minicamp, a sign that he has familiarized himself with the scheme that McVay is planning to run.

"Last year he was a blank slate. Now that is no longer the case," Snead said. "He understands what NFL offenses want, and more importantly, he understands what NFL defenses want to do."

If Goff struggles again, the Rams may turn to Mannion as starter, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. Cole said the Rams are pleased with Mannion's development in the offseason, particularly his quickness in his reads and footwork.  

Mannion, a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has thrown just 13 passes in his first two seasons.



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