Goff Off to Strong Start in 2017

By Myles Simmons

By every measure, quarterback Jared Goff has gotten off to a strong start in his second professional season.

Across the board, his numbers are toward the top of the league. He’s completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 817 yards, with five touchdowns and one interception. He’s No. 3 in quarterback rating at 118.2 — behind only Kansas City’s Alex Smith and New England’s Tom Brady. He’s No. 7 in yards passing. He’s No. 3 in completion percentage. And he’s No. 1 at 10.1 yards per attempt.

These results indicate a player taking a significant step from Year 1 to Year 2 — something that’s resonated with Goff’s teammates.

“What’s crazy is how much he humbled himself and just went to work,” left guard Rodger Saffold said after last week’s victory. “He is just gradually becoming the quarterback that we want him to be and the way that he’s supposed to be.”

Should folks be surprised by those numbers? Well, that’s not really on Goff’s radar.

“Like I’ve said before, I don’t really care what people think,” Goff said wryly on Wednesday. “We just come out here and try to get better every day in practice and try to execute and go out on Sunday.”

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