Rams hint at more deep throws for Goff vs. Saints


Jared Goff hardly turned heads in his NFL debut, but the Rams are hinting at turning him loose this Sunday against the Saints.

"I sure hope so," Goff said after Wednesday's practice, per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. "We've got some good stuff in this week, got a really good plan going."

After lobbing just five passes over 10 yards through the air in Week 11 -- and completing none of them -- the No. 1 pick in the draft told reporters: "I think we've got a good chance to push the ball a little bit."

In theory, the rookie's arm strength is the difference between Goff and benched starter Case Keenum. We didn't see that against the Dolphins, though, as the No. 1 overall pick hit 17 of 31 passes for just 134 yards in a rainy 14-10 loss to Miami -- the team's second-lowest output through the air all season.

To his credit, Goff didn't turn the ball over, something Keenum did eight times over his previous five starts. Still, the rookie failed to flip the switch for a bland offense ranked last in points per game.

For what it's worth, coach Jeff Fisher also praised Goff for "cutting it loose" during Wednesday's session. After what we've seen from the Rams, though, it's all pretty words until it happens on Sunday.