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Jared Goff always thought he had normal-sized hands

FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 29:  Jared Goff #16 of the California Golden Bears celebrates after beating the Air Force Falcons 55-36 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jared Goff might have small hands, but he at least has a sense of humor about it.

The Cal quarterback, who might be the first one taken in this year’s draft, joked about the perceived digital deficit he’s facing, after his hands measured at 9 inches.

“I just heard about that yesterday,” Goff said at the Scouting Combine. “I’ve been told I have pretty big hands all my life.

“I’ve never had a problem with that.”

Honestly, it might not be that big of a problem, though Cleveland coach Hue Jackson admitted he looks closely at hand size when he’s evaluating quarterbacks, as the ability to grip a football and “spin it” in adverse weather conditions is easier if you have larger mitts.

But at least he isn’t trying to stretch his hands the way some other prospects are, comfortable with the way he’s been able to throw the ball for years.

And as he goes through the evaluation process, the size of his hands might matter less and less. While the Browns are likely considering him and Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, there’s a general sense that Goff’s the more ready to play immediately of the two. Of course, that might just be because Goff went to a Division I college, while Wentz played at FBS North Dakota State.

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  1. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 25, 2016 12:48 PM

    Given that Packer fans have been trying to convince us that that Aaron Rodgers’ 9.375-inch hands made him an All-Pro and Teddy Bridgewater’s 9.25-inch hands doom him to be an all-time bust, their recommendation would be that Goff take up kicking.

  2. genericcommenter says: Feb 25, 2016 12:48 PM

    I wear men’s XL gloves, and my hands are way smaller than these QBs who have “small” hand measurements. Genetically gifted athletes- I guess they really aren’t like the rest of us.

  3. jerruhjones says: Feb 25, 2016 1:17 PM

    Hue Jackson playing the jedi mind trick on the rest of the NFL.

    Go Browns!

  4. laserw says: Feb 25, 2016 1:21 PM

    All this talk about inches. It is lunch time too.

  5. Bluestree says: Feb 25, 2016 1:28 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater’s small hands haven’t hurt him a bit. It’s his noodle arm that’s killing him.
    Worst deep ball in the NFL.

  6. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:00 PM

    Deep ball? You insinuate that Teddy actually sometimes throws a deep ball, when nothing could be further from the truth. No. The real limiting factor with Teddy Bustwater is the middle distance outs, digs and square ins. You need arm strength to throw those routes and Teddy does not have an NFL arm.

    It’s going to be so glorious watching AP get old and the Vikings to have NO answer on offense.

  7. granadafan says: Feb 25, 2016 2:05 PM

    It was hilarious to watch Bridgewater, take a running start, wind up like a baseball pitcher, contort his body like a yoga teacher, and fire that ball of 30 yards with a huge arc on it. He just doesn’t have the arm strength, hand size or no hand size.

  8. charliecharger says: Feb 25, 2016 2:45 PM

    Jared, you probably don’t want to play for a team that looks at useless information when they’re evaluating you, because they’re probably not a very good football team. Hopefully for you, the bad teams pass you up and you end up going to a franchise that knows what they’re doing, and you actually have a chance at a decent career. Generally speaking, the teams that pick early are picking early for a reason. A major part of that reason is that they screw up every year on their player evaluations. Hue Jackson’s not even a scout. Would you allow your scouts to call the plays on super bowl Sunday? No. Then why would you allow your coaches to pick the players on draft day? Poor Browns’ fans. I don’t get the feeling things are going to get any better. If your coaches are better scouts than your scouts, you’re in big trouble.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 25, 2016 5:13 PM

    Good response.

    Let’s have a small hand for Jared Goff, ladies and gentlemen.

  10. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 9:40 PM

    lol i just got a reality check…i’m 6’2 185….just measured my hands…..8 and 3/8ths….i’m a manlet…..

  11. squidlips82 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:06 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 25, 2016 12:48 PM
    Given that Packer fans have been trying to convince us that that Aaron Rodgers’ 9.375-inch hands made him an All-Pro and Teddy Bridgewater’s 9.25-inch hands doom him to be an all-time bust, their recommendation would be that Goff take up kicking.

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    You need to adopt another team to root for.

    Minnesota Vikings…. 4X Super Bowl Losers.

    BTW, Congrats on your Divisional title…

    lets see Packers are counting World Championships and the Vikings count Division titles….

    Now… Go get your Shinebox.

  12. fluffy19 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:43 AM

    You all are so scared of Teddy. It’s cute. All those Super Bowl wins (which you are personally responsible for of course) and yet you still wake up just to bash a meaningless opponent’s quarterback?

    Now, go rewatch the Oscars.

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