Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has announced on Friday that rookie first-round pick Jared Goff will be in uniform for the team’s Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Goff, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, was expected to start for the Rams when they drafted a slew of draft picks for the right to move up and draft him, but there were reports that he was coming along slower than expected. Quarterbacks taken with the top pick almost always start in Week 1, but Goff was the exception to that rule.
But worse than that, Goff wasn’t even the backup. Case Keenum, who was terrible in Week 1, earned the starting job while Sean Mannion was his backup. Goff didn’t earn the right to be the emergency third-string quarterback, with punter Johnny Hekker serving that role in Week 1. Goff, instead, was on the sidelines in his street clothes.
Goff has now switched roles with Mannion and has taken one more step toward starting.
The Rams looked completely flat on offense against the rival San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. They were shutout, 28-0, and rarely were a threat in the passing game. The 49ers were able to stack the box against running back Todd Gurley, and Keenum managed just 130 yards passing with two interceptions.