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Rams encouraged by Jared Goff's growth

Despite struggling against the Patriots this past Sunday, the team is still emboldened by Goff's continued development.

In the third career start for rookie quarterback Jared Goff it was much of the same against the New England Patriots as the Los Angeles Rams fell to yet another dissappointing loss. 

The 2016 first overall pick was at the forefront of the Rams' offensive struggles completing just 14 of 32 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown, and a pair of interceptions. Goff continually faced pressure in the pocket that led to being sacked four times and hit a total of nine times in the pocket. 

Despite his difficulties throwing the ball, head coach Jeff Fisher was encouraged by the play of his young quarterback against one of the top teams in the league, including the final drive of the fourth quarter throwing for 73 yards and a touchdown pass to Kenny Britt,

"I thought Jared did some really good things in this game," Fisher said. "I thought he took another step against a difficult defense. I thought he adjusted well – he moved around and made some plays with his legs. Great throw to (WR) Kenny (Britt) at the end, with pressure in his face – recognizing the coverage. Again, our special teams played well. We’re on a record-setting pace with our punt team."

Although the numbers indicate otherwise that Goff had much trouble in his second road start of his career, the 21-year-old continued to show more poise and control in the pocket. The two interceptions that he threw were not necessarily his fault. The first happened when Lance Kendricks let the ball bounce off his hands and the latter was a tipped pass that was caused by poor pass protection. 

The Rams have continued to voice positivity about Goff's development inspite of Los Angeles having now dropped seven of their last eight games played. 

“Each week he’s getting better. It certainly hasn’t reflected in the wins," Fisher said. "But each week he’s getting better, from a preparation standpoint, seeing little subtle things that we ask of him on the line of scrimmage – changing protections, getting people lined up, those things. Moved around – his mobility is starting to show. You’re seeing him extend plays and run around. He got on the edge at the end of the game with the touchdown pass, and made a really good throw on the run.”

However, there is realization that the Rams must also find some balance in the offense with the running game starting with Todd Gurley, who is well off his pace from last season with just 679 rushing yards through the first 12 games played. He has also failed to crack 100 rushing yards in any game, including registering fewer than 70 yards with no touchdowns nine times. 

"We understand the need to get ball in Todd’s hands. We understand the need to run the football," Fisher said. "I can give you an example, in the last four games, we’re rushing for just right about 85 yards a game, and 3.5 (yards) a carry, that’s our offense, Todd has less. Their defense is committed to not allowing Todd to get going, and we got to find a way to get Todd going, and then find a way to be more productive on third down, because our defense has been on the field way, way too long here in the last few weeks.”

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