IRIVNE, Calif. -- First steps. They can be shaky, can be thrilling. They can be true adventure.
For now he is running with the second team, playing behind starter Case Keenum. At some point, whether it’s to start the season opener or somewhere later, Goff is going to start. Players taken No. 1 overall are going to start.
His progress figures to be filled with ups and downs, and certainly his first two practices went that way over the weekend as the Rams opened camp at UC Irvine.
Sunday he delivered several sharp short passes, but also had a poor pass picked off by cornerback Marcus Roberson. He also threw an interception Saturday.
"I felt good about a lot of plays," Goff said Saturday. "There’s some plays you want back. I think that will be the way it is kind of for a long time, probably for the majority of everyone’s career. You go into practice, it’s not always the way you want it."
Sunday marked slight improvement, his passes more typically on target. And the Rams will take continued, consistent improvement, however slight.
"I thought Jared had a good day, made some really good throws," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.
There is likely no NFL rookie under more pressure than Goff. It comes with the territory of being the No. 1 overall pick.
Still, if he isn’t exactly making jaws drop with his play, he has given little indication the Rams did not make a wise pick.
Teammates, too, are eager to observe his progression.
"He’s a very mature for a rookie," safety Rohan Gaines said. "That’s a great thing to see in a quarterback. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do in the preseason. Just see him build his confidence."