A yr in the past, an keen crowd crammed the Coliseum to see the Rams play the Cowboys within the first NFL recreation in Southern California in additional than 20 years — and to see Goff, the No. 1 decide within the 2016 draft.
Goff got here off the bench and performed two forgettable collection
“There was ninety,000 individuals at a preseason recreation, so I used to be slightly large-eyed at first,” Goff recalled this week. “However I really feel good now.
“I really feel extra excited and I’m able to get on the market and simply run some performs – simply get on the market and see an actual protection, perhaps get hit a pair occasions, simply undergo some issues that you simply undergo in an actual recreation and simply type of get again into that really feel.”
Goff once more performed solely two collection, however this time produced a landing within the Rams’ thirteen-10 victory over the Cowboys in a stadium that featured giant swaths of empty seats.
New coach Sean McVay little question noticed some vibrant spots and a few areas of concern in his first recreation.
On offense, Goff prevented turnovers and sacks and rookie receiver Cooper Kupp and rookie tight finish Gerald Everett made a number of good catches. Operating again Todd Gurley rushed for less than 4 yards in 4 carries – about equaling his complete 2016 preseason workload – and different Rams operating backs fumbled a number of occasions.
A Rams protection with out a number of starters, together with linebackers Robert Quinn and Mark Barron and cornerback Kayvon Webster, fared nicely towards a Cowboys offense that didn’t embrace beginning quarterback Dak Prescott, operating again Ezekiel Elliott or receiver Dez Bryant.
The Rams have remaining preseason video games towards the Oakland Raiders, Chargers and Inexperienced Bay Packers to hone their strengths and work out their issues earlier than the Sept. 12 season opener towards the Indianapolis Colts on the Coliseum.
The Rams addressed a serious concern on Friday once they acquired receiver Sammy Watkins in a commerce with the Buffalo Payments. Watkins, who will give the Rams and Goff a authentic deep-ball menace, arrived in Los Angeles a number of hours earlier than kickoff and watched the sport in road garments.
Watkins stated he was “one hundred% wholesome” and that the foot damage that sidelined him a part of final season and required surgical procedure was “out the door.”
“I simply can’t wait to observe the sport and get on the market and study the offense and actually get began,” he stated outdoors the locker room earlier than the sport.
Watkins will start training on Monday.
The identical in all probability can’t be stated of star defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who has been absent because the begin of coaching camp due to a contract dispute.
McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips have downplayed how Donald’s continued absence is affecting the implementation of Phillips’ three-four protection. The Rams additionally misplaced lineman Dominque Easley for the season due to a knee damage.
The beginning defensive position on Saturday featured deal with Michael Brockers flanked by Ethan Westbrooks and Louis Trinca-Pasat.
Final season towards the Cowboys, the Rams trailed by 17 factors at halftime earlier than coming again for a 28-24 victory that followers, gamers and coaches celebrated as if that they had gained a playoff recreation.
Goff performed two second-quarter collection, one which ended with an interception and one other that ended with a sack.
McVay stated this week that Goff would in all probability play six to 10 performs.
“In an ideal world, you’re speaking about getting a number of first downs and with the ability to maintain a drive and get some performs collectively,” McVay stated Friday.
On Saturday’s first play, Goff’s brief cross to receiver Robert Woods fell incomplete. The Cowboys stuffed Gurley for a 3-yard loss on second down and Goff then accomplished a 9-yard cross to Gurley.
There wasn’t a lot time to mirror on the three-and-out.
The Cowboys fumbled the following punt and Rams linebacker Josh Forrest recovered the ball at Dallas’ 33-yard-line.
On second down, Goff made his greatest play.
He faked a hand-off to his proper after which rolled left, discovering Kupp for a 19-yard achieve.
Two performs later, on third-and-six from the 9, Goff accomplished a cross to Woods on a slant route. Woods fumbled when he was hit, however Kupp recovered the ball in the long run zone for a landing.
That was it for Goff. He accomplished three of 4 passes for 34 yards.
Goff gave strategy to Sean Mannion, who handed for 3 touchdowns in final yr’s victory over the Cowboys.
Mannion accomplished 18 of 25 passes for one hundred forty four yards.
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