Rams quarterback Jared Goff takes what the Chargers’ defense gives him – California News

Rams quarterback Jared Goff takes what the Chargers’ defense gives him – California News

The passes were mostly short, many on play-action rollouts.

And that was fine with Jared Goff.

The Rams quarterback finished Saturday’s joint practice with the Chargers by efficiently moving the offense down the field during a two-minute drill at StubHub Center.

“Taking what they give us,” Goff said. “They were playing their base defense, and with what they play, a lot of underneath stuff was open.

“So if it’s there, just keep taking it.”

Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, took another small step toward establishing himself as a capable starter for first-year coach Sean McVay.

On a day when there was no live tackling, Goff looked comfortable — if not completely accurate — from the shotgun formation and also from under center.

He passed for several short touchdowns and avoided interceptions during red-zone and seven-on-seven drills throughout the two-plus hour workout. His one misstep: allowing Chargers’ defensive end Joey Bosa to strip the ball while passing in a red-zone drill.

But Goff completed eight of 10 passes against the Chargers’ No. 1 defense during the two-minute portion, one of the incomplete passes coming on a third-and-three play from the eight-yard line.

“I thought he settled in,” McVay said. “I thought he did a nice job in the two-minute drill taking completions, being smart with the football.”

With receivers Tavon Austin and Mike Thomas sidelined because of injuries, the Rams did not demonstrate a vertical threat. Goff missed on his one deep pass to rookie Cooper Kupp.

Kupp, Robert Woods and Pharoh Cooper seemed to rarely venture…

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