Things haven’t been pretty for Jared Goff this preseason. The first-overall draft pick arguably saved his worst for last in the Rams’ final exhibition game on Thursday, and appears poised to begin the year as the third quarterback depth chart.
Making his first NFL start, Goff completed 6 of 16 passes for a meager 67 yards against the Vikings for a meager 4.2 average per attempt. The Cal product did manage to throw a touchdown pass in there, but also tossed one interception and lost a fumble.
For the summer, Goff completed 44.9 percent of his passes for 4.7 yards per attempt with two touchdowns, two interceptions and two fumbles. Following the game on Thursday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher had to admit if the regular season started now, the rookie signal-caller would be serving as backup to both Case Keenum and Sean Mannion, per Rich Hammond for the Orange County Register.
Of course, for all intents and purposes, the regular season does start now, so barring a surprise release, Goff is the third quarterback and will be inactive on game days to begin the year.
Obviously, this is hugely disappointing. The Rams weren’t necessarily counting on Goff to take over as starter from day one, but he was given the opportunity to compete for the job and failed miserably. After all of the draft picks Los Angeles traded to move up from No. 15 to the top pick in the draft, they had to hope the 21-year-old was at least competitive.
Goff has been anything but, and while it’s not the end of the world and far too soon to write him off, it might be best if he doesn’t see the field for the Rams any time soon. It may be only preseason, but those are some abysmal numbers, perhaps especialy fo the preseason.