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Rams Quarterback Jared Goff's Post-OTA Comments

 

Los Angeles Rams

Rams QB Jared Goff Post-OTA – June 1, 2016

(On how the first two days of OTAs have been)

"Good. A lot of learning. Trying to catch up with the speed and learn as best as I can. I feel like every day I come out here and get a little bit better, a little bit better – learn a little bit more. It's gone really well so far."

(On if he has to remind himself not to get too worried about learning everything right away because it takes time to adjust to the professional level)

"Absolutely. I think right now, it's my second OTA, my rookie year and mistakes aren't the worst things in the world. I'm learning a lot of stuff. The guys are helping me out. (Quarterbacks) Coach (Chris) Weinke's been great, (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Rob) Boras has been great, and I'm getting a lot of support from those guys.

It's been a really good transition. I'm learning every day. Trying to get better at something every day and I have been."

(On how far along he is with grasping with the playbook)

"I don't know. I think I'm pretty far along. I've done a pretty good job with what they've given me so far. There's obviously a lot left, but what they've put my way so far, I've picked it up pretty well."

(On if he feels like the coaches are putting a lot on him so far)

"I wouldn't know it any other way, I guess. This is the only NFL team I've ever been on. But, again, it's not anything that seems overwhelming. I'm picking it up at a pretty good pace, I think, and I feel really good as far as how fast I pick it up.

I'm able to apply most of it out here. Again there's mistakes, but that happens because I'm learning. When there is a mistake, just learn from it and try not to let it happen again."

(On if there is something that he is pleased with so far in terms of where he is at this point)

"Overall, just being able to functionally operate out there. Just be able to understand what they're putting in my ear and then being able to spit it back out and then run the play and operate it.

At base form, that's kind of just what you want to do right now. I feel like so far, I've done a decent job of that."

(On if he feels like he has been able to sort of put his head down and show his teammates what he's

about and if he is getting positive feedback from the veterans)

"I'm just continuing to try to fit in with these guys and mesh with them as best I can. A lot of the guys have been really welcoming, really supportive. There have been zero negative things to say about anybody on the team.

It's all been very positive, very supportive, and very helpful. Even with (QB) Case (Keenum) and (QB) Sean (Mannion) – they've been very helpful. It's been a great experience so far."

(On his goal during OTAs)

"Learn as much as I can and get as comfortable as I can, as quickly as I can. My first two practices, I've just tried to pick it up as best I can and try to just functionally be able to do it out there. Like I've said a few times now, there's going to be mistakes, but at the same time – you can't be perfect.

You try to be, but as a rookie in my second OTA, I'm trying to do it...there's a lot of thinking going on, so you can't be as perfect as you want. But, so far, I think I've done a decent job."

(On if his rookie year reminds him on his previous transitions from high school to college)

"Yes, it reminds me of when it was my first year on varsity, my first year in college. It's all a transition every time. I was able to make those transitions pretty well, so we'll see."

(On what is the biggest thing that he has to overcome at this point)

"Man, it's all of it – just learning. Every time I have a play, try to operate it as best as I can. If I make a mistake, learn from it. What the reason for the mistake is, can change every play, so I don't know exactly what it is.

There's going to be mistakes in my second practice in the NFL, but so far I think I've picked up what they've given me pretty well and been able to regurgitate it and perform decently."

(On the how the absence of QB Nick Foles has affected him and how they have told him to deal with it)

"I don't know anything about that. That's between (Head) Coach (Jeff Fisher) and Nick. They're dealing with that."

(On how much his friends and family back home are messing with him for being an LA Ram)

"It's been interesting trying to do that transition, especially publicly. I'm obviously born and raised in the Bay and am making the transition down here and making the transition to the fan bases down here and politicking it a little bit, doing the best I can."

(On if he is a Golden State Warriors fan)

"I am a Warriors fan. I have been forever. Plan to have a little bit of a dual fan-ship with the (Los Angeles) Lakers as well."

(On if his dual fan-ship will be with the Los Angeles Clippers as well)

"Maybe them too. I like all of the teams down here."

(On how nice it is to be back to football)

"It's awesome. I think yesterday it kind of hit me like finally, after I get my first play in, my first completion, it's alright, we're back to playing football, back to doing what I've done for my whole life and hopefully what I can do for a career for a long time.

There's so much in that pre-draft process that's non-transferable to actually playing, so it's nice to get back out on the field and get to see my new teammates and get to form relationships is kind of something I like."

(On if he has targeted something as his first purchase after he signs his contract)

"No, I have not. Don't know yet. I'll let you know when I do."

 

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