The Los Angeles Rams have finished up their week of practice with eyes toward seeing more progress out of their team in the third preseason game against the Denver Broncos.
Much of the attention will be centered on the play of rookie quarterback Jared Goff, who is expected to get extended playing time in his first road game experience in the NFL.
“I just want to build off what I was able to feel last game,” Goff said. “It started to feel much more like it has in the past. I just think that comes with more reps, more just settling in, and I just want to build off of that in Denver, and then hopefully build on that the next week. Just continue to build on it.”
Goff had an encouraging performance last week against the Kansas City Chiefs that included throwing his first career touchdown pass while completing eight of 12 passes for 82 yards. However, he still looked a bit overwhelmed at times such as his fumble on his second snap of the game after tripping over left guard Cody Wichmann’s foot.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is hoping that the first overall pick in this year’s draft can build off last week’s performance with a tough task ahead against the Broncos’ stingy defense under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
“Just that next step, getting rid of the football, being decisive, making the adjustments on the line of scrimmage, all those little, subtle things,” Fisher said. “Wade (Phillips), obviously he’s really excited to play, he understands the challenge. As I mentioned, he’s very, very competitive – I’ve probably never met a more competitive person.
“Even though he’s got a quiet demeanor, he’s competitive. He’s going to create some situations that Jared is going to have to be decisive with, to say the least.”
Fisher also stated that he plans on playing presumed starter Case Keenum for the first three or four series of the game before handing over the reigns to Goff.
Running back Todd Gurley has also been encouraged by the progression that his teammate has undergone over the last several weeks.
“He’s come a long way,” Gurley said. “This is his first time ever calling plays out of the huddle. From OTAs to practice right now, he’s definitely come a long way. He’s been getting better. He’s going to be good, for sure.”
Goff will have his hands full against one of the premier defenses in the league that features a highly effective pass rush along with a secondary filled with Pro Bowlers.
“Yeah, it’ll be good. They’re obviously a very good defense; defending Super Bowl champs,” Goff said. “On the road, it’ll be a really cool test. A lot of fun for me, and a lot of fun for my teammates. I look forward to the challenge.”
That said, the 21-year-old is hoping that he can get off to a strong start against the Broncos’ daunting defense.
“I’d love to go out there and throw around, and score a touchdown,” Goff said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do. Come out and be ready to go, and hopefully everyone else is. We go down there, and try drive the ball down the field.”