T.J. Hockenson on Jared Goff: That guy just has a different mentality

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While a different Lions regime selected T.J. Hockenson with the eighth pick of the 2019 draft, the tight end still figures to be a cornerstone of Detroit’s offense in 2021.

But someone new is throwing him passes this year in Jared Goff. During an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Tuesday, Hockenson spoke highly of his new starting quarterback.

“Jared’s my dog. He’s a great dude,” Hockenson said. “I threw with him a couple times this offseason out in L.A. and that guy just has a different mentality. I’ve been excited to have him, see the throws he’s made in 7-on[-7], see what kind of person he is, how he sees the game — there’s nothing like it. I really am excited to have him as my quarterback. The reads that he’s made, the reads that he’s done have been special. And I know that guy is ready to go — he really is.”

Goff has also received rave reviews from Detroit’s coaching staff, with Dan Campbell saying last week that the QB has made several “wow” throws in practice.

Based on the makeup of the Lions’ receivers, Hockenson is likely to be one of Goff’s primary targets in 2021. The tight end had 67 reception for 723 yards and six touchdowns in 2020, earning a Pro Bowl selection.

17 responses to “T.J. Hockenson on Jared Goff: That guy just has a different mentality

  1. A different mentality and skill set from the other QB that was throwing you the ball. You will learn quickly how much worse Goff is from Stafford. This a significant downgrade for the lions. Goff went from a playoff ready team to the WORST in the NFL.

    How anyone thinks this is positive for the Lions is beyond sanity. Franchise QBs don’t get traded unless they are at the end of their career, hence Stafford.

    Goff got traded for a reason and not a good one!

  2. Big upgrade at QB in Detroit. McVay will be out of job in 2-3 years after the colossal emotional decision he made to turn on his signal caller and trade him for a perennial loser. There’s a reason nobody else got a haul like Detroit.

  3. Yeah Goff is making some “wow” throws…… to the defense. TJ Hockenson another bonehead 1st round TE pick the Lions made after not hitting on Ebron.

    This is going to be hilarious to watch, hopefully the Lions draft a QB next year and get on the right track.

  4. Goff is a bottom five QB that struggles worse under pressure than Stafford. Goff is worse than Trubisky.

  5. I’m excited to have a new quarterback and I honestly believe he’ll be an upgrade over Stafford. Stafford seems like a good enough guy but he never took us anywhere so why not try Goff and the draft picks?

  6. The Lions really screwed up, this was Stafford and Patricia’s year!

    Now we have GOFF!!!! I’d rather have Chase Daniel starting!

  7. Goff is a very good QB when he has protection. Lions Oline should be able to protect him.

  8. The Rams traded up so they could draft Goff. It cost them their first-round pick (2016), two second-round picks (2016), a third-round pick (2016), a first-round pick (2017) and another third-round pick (2017). Talk about an expensive cost to draft the bust that is Jared Goff.

  9. Folks are focusing way too much on the two QBs and completely ignoring the O Line upgrade. My guess is the Lions surprise, but, that’s mostly because the bar is so low.

  10. The only person overlooking anything is people that think this was a good move.

    Goff came from a playoff caliber team, stacked with talent from the O-line to offensive weapons.

    Now the Lions get him and take care of Ragnow and sign another lineman and you somehow think two decent lineman are going to be the answer in Detroit?

    Detroit has no running backs or receivers, they also have arguably the worst defense in the NFL.

  11. Bottom line is that LA’s offense was limited by Goff’s skills. He has to play better in Detroit if he wants to keep his job. I don’t think the new Lions regime will have any issues with letting him go if his play is limiting the team.

  12. This trade was a win-win for both teams, but after trading two #1 picks the Rams GM will look very bad if they do not at least make it to the NFC championship game within two years [which they have all the pieces to do]. The Lions are in rebuild mode and have added key pieces on offense and defense to be an establish the run-first, grind team. If Goff doesn’t work out they can easily move on from him next year.

  13. I’m rooting for both qbs to have good seasons. I think Stafford is better than Goff, but based on the extra draft picks thrown in, the Rams got fleeced. The Rams are about to have a disappointing season based on expectations, while the Lions will be better, but they probably still don’t make the playoffs.

  14. re re hole johnson says:
    June 8, 2021 at 8:55 am

    How anyone thinks this is positive for the Lions is beyond sanity. Franchise QBs don’t get traded unless they are at the end of their career, hence Stafford.

    Goff got traded for a reason and not a good one!
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    Stafford isn’t at the end of his career. This isn’t a guy that was starting to lose his skills. He was traded for 2 firsts, a third and Goff simply because he wasn’t at the end of his career.

    Goff is not a better QB than Stafford. He is a better QB fit in a run first offense? Possibly. Goff went from a top 10 WR core to the worst in the league. His best WRs are his RB and his TE. That’s not a good sign. However, he has had success in a game management role before, and I think that’s why these koolaid drinkers are holding out hope for. Truth is, everyone knows this team was built to lose this year, some fans just can never accept reality. That being said, Goff is the QB in 2021 and will likely be the starter on opening day in 2022. The cost of that fact was 2 first round picks, a third round pick, and some cap eaten up in years where the Lions have cap space.

    It was a good trade to improve Detroit, just not year 1. The trade for LA basically made their team a balloon. They have 2-3 years before that balloon bursts and they fall back to the cellar due to a paper thin roster after all the first round picks that they traded. They keep kicking the cap penalty can down the road, so if McVay doesn’t win one, that front office ends up on thin ice.

  15. So Crates says:
    June 9, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Stafford isn’t at the end of his career. This isn’t a guy that was starting to lose his skills. He was traded for 2 firsts, a third and Goff simply because he wasn’t at the end of his career.

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    Stafford was drafted in 2009 and has three playoff losses directly related to his turnovers – NOT THE REFS like Lions fan like to use as an excuse.

    He has a broken back guy, those injuries don’t go away.

    He is cooked, permanently injured and definitely at the end of his career, he’s not Tom Brady or Ben Rothlisberger.

  16. Goff is very accurate and make make the short throws. When he has time. When a team can put pressure on him, he WILL make a big mistake at a critical time. He has regressed since 2019

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