Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer 78d

Jared Goff on Dak Prescott: 'You root for good people'

FRISCO, Texas -- With the way Dak Prescott played last year for the Dallas Cowboys, many believed the Los Angeles Rams picked the wrong quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.

Jared Goff's rookie year was a struggle. He lost all seven starts and had just five touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

As Goff saw Prescott succeed, he wasn't envious.

"To be honest with you, I was happy for him, very happy for him," Goff said. "I know his background that he was a fourth-round pick or whatever, and he was an underdog. His ability to go out there and do what he did last year, I was very happy for him, mainly because of the type of guy he is. You root for good people."

Goff and Prescott will meet for the first time in the regular season on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, but they have a relationship that goes back to the Manning Passing Academy, run by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. Goff said he was "blown away," by Prescott when they first met.

"We became pretty good friends there before we ever thought about getting drafted, I guess you could say," Prescott said. "Through the [draft] process, combine, spent more time with him. So he's a guy that, I mean, a great quarterback, you get picked No. 1 for a reason and he's had a lot of success early this year so he's good."

Goff has matched last year's touchdown pass total in the first three games and has been intercepted just once. He is completing 70.4 percent of his passes and has been sacked just three times.

Since the Cowboys held the fourth pick in the draft in 2016, they worked out all of the top quarterbacks. They had a private workout with Goff at Cal and brought him to their facilities at the time at Valley Ranch for a pre-draft visit.

"We spent a lot of time trying to get to know him," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "It's easy to see why he was picked as high as he was. Had an outstanding career at Cal, and I think you're seeing a lot of the same things that you saw in college here these first three weeks of the season. He's a very instinctive passer. He's got a good feel for the game. He's tough. He can do a lot of different things throwing the football, and he's done a really nice job for them up to this point."

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