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Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff still playing catch up with Case Keenum

Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff still playing catch up with Case Keenum

Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff still playing catch up with Case Keenum 2016 images

Los Angeles Rams No. 1 Overall Pick Jared Goff Still Playing Catch-Up to Case Keenum

When you’re the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, there’s a lot of pressure to perform immediately. When a team moves to a new city, there’s a lot of pressure to win right away. Jared Goff is stuck at the crossroads of being the first overall draft pick and the quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams in their first season back in L.A. Failure isn’t an option.

After a terrible performance in his preseason debut, Goff was on the receiving end of a lot of criticism. His time Saturday in the Los Angeles Rams’ 21-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, however, reminded everyone that there’s still plenty of time for him to turn things around.

Goff struggled early. His first drive saw him tripping over his guard’s foot and fumbling the ball. Not pretty. His second drive wasn’t much better with another fumble.

In the fourth quarter, Goff showed flashes of excellence. Completing all of his passes, Goff drove the offense down the field and threw a nice touchdown pass.

While he did well at the end, Goff will need to step up if he hopes to start over Case Keenum come Week One.

case keenum keeping jared goff on his toes with la rams

Keenum, who played with the first-team, threw for 53 yards and one touchdown, leading the Rams on two touchdown drives of 81 and 79 yards.

Last week, head coach Jeff Fisher told the media Keenum is “clearly ahead” in the competition, and Keenum doesn’t appear nervous about keeping that slot locked up.

“I’m just playing football, man,” said Keenum. “I don’t think about anything. That’s your guys’ job. You’ll go write about it and talk about it and dissect everything. For me, if I’m totally honest, the opinions that matter for me are in this locker room, that’s my teammates and coaches. I’m trying to do the best I can.”

Fisher has also made it clear that he will be making use of running back Todd Gurley this season. So if I have any advice for Keenum and Goff, it’s don’t screw up your hand-offs, and protect the ball on third downs.

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