Goff and Wentz: Joined at the hype

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

"We both weren't exactly 100 percent where we were going," Wentz said. "I think we both kind of had a pretty good idea where it would end up, but we still were waiting for that call when the Rams were on the clock."

When the Eagles tabbed Wentz, it marked the seventh time in NFL history that quarterbacks were selected with the first and second picks in the draft.

It did not take long for many to deem the Rams' choice a mistake.

Goff joined a Rams team that included quarterbacks Case Keenum and Nick Foles. The Rams released Foles on the eve of training camp, but Goff sat behind Keenum for nine games before coach Jeff Fisher elevated him to a starting role.

Goff completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards and five touchdowns, with seven interceptions, in seven winless starts. He was sacked 26 times as the Rams finished 4-12.

The arrival of offense-minded McVay, receivers such as Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp, and offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan aided Goff's development.


He has completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,184 yards and 20 touchdowns, with six interceptions.

"Seeing him on tape and everything, you just see some of the throws he makes and some of the things they're doing offensively down there," Wentz said.

Wentz initially joined an Eagles team that included quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, so it appeared he also might sit for a while behind the veterans.

But on the eve of the season, the Eagles traded Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings, who had lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater because of a season-ending knee injury.


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