With training camp for the Los Angeles Rams in full swing, all eyes are on the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, quarterback Jared Goff. While there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Rams grooming of their future franchise player, head coach Jeff Fisher has maintained that they will not rush Goff into the starting spot until he is ready.
However, despite Fisher’s intentions to ease Goff into the starting role, it seems the former Cal Bear is eager to step into that much sooner than his coach may have planned. In a recent interview with Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network and former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, Goff was asked if he would be ready to go in Week 1:
“Absolutely. That’s something I’m striving for, something I really want to work for. It’s not up to me, but I want to be as comfortable as I can at that point and continue to improve every day. I’m not really thinking about Week 1 right now, I’m thinking about tomorrow and trying to be as good as I can tomorrow and continuing to improve every day. I feel like I’ve made a really good jump and I don’t want to slow down.”
Although it may seem like a tall order at this point, Goff has received praise from coaches for his improvement in training camp since OTA’s. However, Los Angeles was able to re-sign an extremely capable quarterback in Case Keenum who went 3-1 as a starter last year to help lead this squad while Goff continues to develop.
The Rams have suffered through mediocre quarterback play for several years now, which has largely kept them out of the playoff hunt. It should come as no surprise that fans are eager to see the young quarterback make the necessary strides it takes to become the starter as soon as possible.