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Rams aiming for Jared Goff to stretch the field

The Rams are hoping Goff can make more throws down the field in his second start.

Following rookie quarterback Jared Goff's first NFL start, the talk around the Los Angeles Rams has primarily concerned his ability to stretch against opposing defense. 

In his debut, Goff, as expected, played a bit conservative making just five throws down the field that went over 10 yards -and none of which were completed- totaling just 134 yards on 17 of 31 completed passes. This is something that Rams have looked to expand on that this week as head coach Jeff Fisher has been encouraged by the play of his quarterback on the practice field. 

“There were a couple opportunities that he missed, but that’s the case with every quarterback," Fisher said. "Today, he was cutting it loose. He’s got a really good feel for it. Last week was his first week as our starter and against that good defense. But, man, this week, so far after two days of practice, he’s putting it down the field and doing some good things. He’s in complete control of what we’re doing, so it’s good to see, it’s very encouraging.”

Goff also echoed a similiar sentiment about Wednesday's practice voicing much encouragement about his progress but is hopeful that he can expand on that during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

“Yeah, I sure hope so. We’ve got some good stuff in this week, got some really good playing going. Guys look really good, look fast," Goff said. "I think we have got a good chance to push the ball a little bit.” 

Goff has a favorable matchup against the Saints, who have allowed the third-most passing yards with opponents averaging 280.7 per game this season. They also give up the fourth-highest yards per completion (7.9), and third in points allowed (28.6). However, New Orleans is coming off a strong showing against Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton limiting him to just 192 yards on 14 of 33 completed passes averaging 5.8 yards per completion. 

“They’re good. They mix it up. They run a lot of similar stuff to what our defense runs I think," Goff said. "There’s a lot of carryover – we’ve seen a lot of it, as well as they’ve seen a lot of our stuff through going against themselves. But it’s been good. They’re athletic, they’re long and they’re good at all three levels. It’s going to be a good challenge.”

Despite that, the Rams have remained confident in Goff's ability to stretch the field with his arm to make plays down the field.

“I think very confident. The thing with Jared – Jared had about, not every situation, but quite a few situations that came up in that game that don’t happen very often, the weather, he was backed up on our own one-yard line, a two-minute drive finishing with a Hail Mary, a four-minute drive," offensive coordinator Rob Boras said. "I thought his demeanor and the way he handled everything mentally was fantastic. We know what his arm talent is, and we understand that we have to be able to push the ball down the field to make some plays."

Although the Rams are playing the league's No.1 ranked offense led by Drew Brees, who is having another highly productive season leading the league with 3,277 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns, Boras has kept his sole focus on the play his team's offense.

“We’ve got to focus on what we can control, and right now we can’t control the Saints’ offense. We can try to control the Rams’ offense," Boras said. "We recognize the production Coach (Sean) Payton and (QB) Drew Brees have put up for years. We understand the challenge that’s there in front of us. But, we’ve got to focus on ourselves and righting our wrongs right now. Hopefully that comes hand-in-hand with putting points on the board, and finding a way to win.”

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