Rams QB Jared Goff says he struggled to find an edge as a rookie

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff made enormous strides during his second year in the NFL. He made it to the Pro Bowl as an alternate after passing for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns with just seven interceptions as the Rams made the postseason for the first time since 2004.

While there are many things that could have influenced Goff in his improvement, Goff credits at least some of his growth from finding an edge again.

According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com, Goff said during a Q&A session on Monday that he struggled to find an edge during his rookie campaign.

Goff said he had an edge in college at the University of California-Berkeley because he wasn’t a highly touted prospect coming out of high school in Kentfield, Calif. After being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, it was a more challenging sense to create. Having struggled during his rookie season, Goff again has reason to feel doubted and the edge was back.

Of course, that’s not the only reason Goff improved significantly last season. Head coach Sean McVay helped institute an offense that played well to Goff’s strengths. He was supported by a stellar year from the team’s defense and running back Todd Gurley, and Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp gave him a more dynamic receiving corps to work with.

If Goff needs to find that edge to succeed, he may have a bit more trouble finding it this season given the success of his sophomore campaign. However, there are now expectations heaped on the Rams to win the NFC West and make an extended playoff run. That might be all Goff needs to find that little bit extra to carry him this season.

9 responses to “Rams QB Jared Goff says he struggled to find an edge as a rookie

  1. redlikethepig says:
    July 10, 2018 at 8:32 am
    The salary cap will cause a regression over the next couple seasons.


    Absolutely. And the thing is, it’s already sinking them, they’re just not aware of it yet. The fact Donald is not signed proves they’re in cap hell now. And, you can’t just ditch Talib or some other older player on the roster, like say, Suh, and not expect to take on the dead money hit when you cut them to pay Joyner, Donald, Gurley, Goff or Marcus Peters.

    Throw in extreme selfishness, immaturity and ego with all of these above players I just listed and you’ve got another Seahwaks small window situation with many years of afterffects.

    They should probably try to deal Joyner and/or Gurley after this season to be able to handle Donald and maybe Peter’s deals. Or, deal Paters. Regardless, it’s going to cause a surge of swapping out too many bodies at once.

    Contonuiy is key. You can’t build your roster, and if you do, it’s a short window of time to win and the odds are against you.

    Denver did itin 2015, but Gomer cheated, should have been suspended, and they got lucky NE yet again had to bring out there B Squad, so undermanned, barely even winning vs the Pats.

    Smart teams build and re-tool through the draft and stock up on picks to never get into cap hell.

    75%$ of the league is rebuilding, in a cap hell or teetering in a cap hell (Vikes).

  2. If that’s the case then, as a Rams fan, I urge everyone who sees Goff to yell “you suck” in his direction. That should get him the MVP.

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