Jared Goff

Detroit Lions
Quarterback #16
Detroit Lions
Quarterback #16
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Jared Goff News

Elite numbers in Week 4 loss

Goff completed 26 of 39 passes for 378 yards with four touchdowns and one interception and added one yard on his sole rush attempt during the Lions' 48-45 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He also recorded a two-point conversion rush and completed a two-point conversion pass.

Analysis: Goff's eye-popping stat line is all the more impressive when considering the veteran quarterback took the field without D'Andre Swift (shoulder), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and DJ Chark (ankle). Goff adapted extremely well as the game went on, focusing heavily on tight end T.J. Hockenson, who he hit for eight of his completions, 179 of his yards plus 32- and four-yard scoring tosses, along with the two-point conversion pass. Goff also hit Josh Reynolds and Justin Jackson for three- and two-yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to keep the never-say-die Lions without striking distance, but the wild rally from what had been a 31-15 deficit fell short when an onside kick following the Jackson TD was recovered by the Seahawks. Goff's yardage total was easily a season high, while his quartet of touchdown throws tied his Week 2 tally against the Commanders. Goff will naturally hope to have at least some of missing weapons back for a tough Week 5 road trip to New England.

Oct 2, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Loses key weapons

Goff will be playing Sunday's game against Seattle with a depleted receiving corps, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Not only will Detroit be down D'Andre Swift (shoulder), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and DJ Chark (ankle), but top tight end T.J. Hockenson and Josh Reynolds (ankle) are playing through injuries, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. While Goff could still be productive in an inviting matchup against a beatable Seahawks defense, his upside is not what it would have been if he had his usual arsenal of receiving weapons.

Oct 1, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Loses some efficiency

Goff completed 25 of 41 passes for 277 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Goff was excellent in the first half, racking up 179 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts. However, he slowed significantly in the final two quarters and failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in a game for the first time this season. He's done a good job taking care of the ball three games into the campaign, but otherwise, his 6.7 yards per attempt and 58.9 completion percentage look remarkably similar to his numbers last year with the Lions.

Sep 25, 2022 6:40 PM EST

Throws four TDs

Goff completed 20 of 34 passes for 256 yards with four touchdowns during Sunday's 36-27 win over Washington.

Analysis: Goff continued his good play at Ford Field and has now thrown multiple touchdowns for the sixth consecutive home game. This outing was one of his most impressive, though, as he averaged a relatively efficient 7.5 yards per pass attempt while hitting paydirt four times. He could have had a fifth had DJ Chark corralled a deep pass on a flea flicker early on. In any case, with a steady run game to keep the offense humming and multiple explosive weapons at receiver, Goff is well positioned to have plenty of productive games as the season rolls on. Next up is a Week 3 matchup on the road in Minnesota.

Sep 18, 2022 2:45 PM EST

Inefficient but throws two scores

Goff completed 21 of 37 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Eagles. He added nine rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: It doesn't seem right to say that Goff led his offense to five total touchdowns since Lions running backs averaged more yards per carry (6.6) than Goff averaged per pass attempt (5.8). Plus, the difference in the game was an unlucky pick-six he threw in the second quarter that was the result of Goff getting hit while he was throwing. However, the addition of DJ Chark and the continued focus on feeding Amon-Ra St. Brown and T.J. Hockenson in the passing game ultimately helped Detroit put up more points than it did in any game last year (except for the season finale when Green Bay rested select starters). Next up for Goff is a home matchup against a Commanders defense that will remain without star defensive end Chase Young (knee).

Sep 11, 2022 2:12 PM EST

Won't play in preseason finale

Coach Dan Campbell noted Monday that Goff won't play in Sunday's preseason finale against the Steelers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Campbell indicated that other key healthy starters on the team are in line to play about a half, but the Lions will play if safe with their starting QB this weekend. In that context, Tim Boyle and David Blough are in line to split signal-caller reps versus Pittsburgh.

Aug 22, 2022 10:39 AM EST

Unlikely to play

Lions coach Dan Campbell suggested Goff and other key players won't play in Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis, SI.com's Christian Booher reports.

Analysis: Goff was sharp in the preseason opener, completing three of four passes for 47 yards to set up a rushing TD for D'Andre Swift. The Detroit offense appears improved this year, with Swift, TE T.J. Hockenson and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown joined by veteran wideout D.J. Chark and eventually rookie first-round pick Jameson Williams (knee). The team also has a solid offensive line, though things look less promising on defense, to say the least.

Aug 19, 2022 9:31 AM EST

Leads TD drive in preseason opener

Goff completed three of four passes for 47 yards during Friday's preseason game against Atlanta.

Analysis: Detroit only let its starting offense play one series, but Goff largely made the most of it by leading a long scoring drive that ended with a D'Andre Swift touchdown. It wouldn't be a surprise if this was the last we see of him until the regular season since the Lions still need to figure out whether to trust Tim Boyle or David Blough with backup quarterback duties before Week 1.

Aug 12, 2022 4:55 PM EST

Suiting up Friday

Goff will play in Friday's preseason game versus the Falcons, Bridget Condon of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: On Monday, coach Dan Campbell implied Goff and the rest of the Lions' healthy starters would log about one quarter of action, and that seemingly will come to pass in the team's first exhibition. He'll thus be working with running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark and tight end T.J. Hockenson.

Aug 12, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Expected to play Friday night

Lions coach Dan Campbell suggested Goff and other starters will play about one quarter in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Campbell also said the Falcons will play their starters, perhaps making this one of the few preseason openers in which the first units take the field. It's not all that surprising, given that they're two of the younger teams in the NFC, led by second-year head coaches and retreat, veteran QBs surrounded by mostly young receivers. The Lions did sign DJ Chark this offseason, and Goff also has a nice array of young pass catchers at this disposal, including WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, RB D'Andre Swift and TE T.J. Hockenson, with first-round pick WR Jameson Williams (torn ACL) potentially helping somewhere down the line. The Lions also appear solid up front, giving Goff a much better situation that he had last year, albeit with similar potential for the Detroit defense to be a huge liability. Playing at home Friday night, Goff and Co. should have the edge over a talent-deficient Atlanta defense.

Aug 8, 2022 11:19 AM EST

Facing make-or-break season

Goff is facing a make-or-break season after Detroit spent its offseason improving his supporting cast without acquiring a potential successor at quarterback, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: The Lions front office not only steered clear of the quarterback market in free agency, but they did not spend a draft pick on a developmental prospect either. Instead, they bolstered Goff's receiving options with D.J. Chark, first-round rookie Jameson Williams (knee), and tight end James Mitchell (knee). Now, Goff has a fantastic receiving corps to complement a highly-pedigreed offensive line and a capable backfield. If Goff can't succeed within this talented offensive roster, it seems highly likely that Detroit will look for someone who can next offseason, when Goff could be cut with relatively minimal salary cap implications.

May 2, 2022 9:06 AM EST

No commitment from GM

General manager Brad Holmes danced around answering questions about Goff being the long-term solution at quarterback, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. "Sure, I could see some advantage of there (being) a young quarterback that can learn under Jared," Holmes added Tuesday at the NFL's annual league meeting.

Analysis: Despite a number of signal-callers signing highly-lucrative deals this offseason, the cap hits on Goff's contract remain in the top-10 among quarterbacks for each of the next three seasons. However, there is no guaranteed money on his deal after 2022, and the Lions own plenty of draft capital to use on a developmental prospect this spring, including the No. 2, 32, and 34 selections. While Goff should continue as the starter for the upcoming campaign, he'll probably need to show dramatic improvement in order to stick around in Detroit any longer than that.

Mar 30, 2022 12:12 PM EST

Good showing in return

Goff completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 238 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay on Sunday.

Analysis: It was a smooth return for Goff following a two-week absence, and he could have had a significantly bigger day if the Lions had called on Goff to throw a trick-play touchdown pass that was instead thrown by backup wideout Tom Kennedy, who hit Kalif Raymond for a 75-yard score. Although his first year with Detroit was difficult at times, the Lions scored 37 points in this game and Goff was never a hindrance to the offense. He finishes the year completing 332 of 494 pass attempts for 3,245 yards (67.2 percent completed, 6.6 yards per attempt), 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Although he'll never be much of a downfield passer and had some ugly moments in 2021, the Lions also struggled to assemble a decent wide receiver rotation until the second half, when rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown broke out and the Lions signed Josh Reynolds. There's a chance the Lions could actually build something with this group, and more importantly Detroit might not be able to acquire an upgrade over Goff before the 2022 season.

Jan 9, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Returning to action Sunday

Goff (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Packers.

Analysis: Coming off a two-game absence in which he had a bout with COVID-19 and dealt with a knee injury that he sustained in his last appearance Week 15 versus the Cardinals, Goff logged three consecutive limited practices in advance of the season finale. It was enough to fulfill coach Dan Campbell's assertion that Goff was probable to play. Goff will look to put a cap on a modest first campaign in Detroit, which so far has included 3,007 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 67 percent passing in 13 appearances.

Jan 9, 2022 8:38 AM EST

Questionable to face Packers

Goff (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, after Lions coach Dan Campbell said Friday he considers the quarterback "probable" to play.

Analysis: Campbell expects Goff to play, which isn't necessarily the same as saying he'd have the 'probable' designation if it still existed. Regardless it's best to treat the QB as questionable entering the weekend, considering he didn't play last week and remained limited at practice Wednesday through Friday this week. If he does start, Goff will face a Packers defense that may or may not pull key players at some point. If Goff is out, Tim Boyle will make his fourth and final start of the year, with the Lions and Packers kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET this Sunday.

Jan 7, 2022 12:13 PM EST

On track to play Sunday

Coach Dan Campbell said Goff (knee) is "probable" to play Sunday against the Packers and is expected to start, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Goff was limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday but has apparently shown enough to put him on track to play in the season finale. The 27-year-old has missed the past two games with the bruised knee, which led to Tim Boyle receiving a pair of spot starts. Goff's status will receive another update Friday when the Lions release their official injury report.

Jan 7, 2022 7:37 AM EST

Stays limited Thursday

Goff (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: On the heels of two consecutive games missed, Goff now has managed to log back-to-back capped sessions as he attempts to put a bruised knee behind him. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn told Justin Rogers of The Detroit News that Goff appeared to move around well during Thursday's practice. The display of internal optimism from the Lions is a decent sign that Goff has a chance to play Sunday against the Packers, but Friday's injury report may provide a better indication of those odds. Behind Goff, Tim Boyle is poised to earn another spot start if the former is forced to miss another contest.

Jan 6, 2022 1:01 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Goff (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Goff has missed back-to-back games, first due to a bout with COVID-19 and then with a knee injury. On Wednesday, he called the issue a bone bruise and said his availability for Week 18 will come down to pain management, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site. Goff told Kyle Meinke of MLive.com that his knee is "progressing," but he's also uncertain whether he'll gain clearance to play Sunday against the Packers. Wednesday's limited session is a step in the right direction, and Goff has two more chances to prove his health before the Lions either tab him with a designation or remove it entirely for Week 18. Tim Boyle is poised to start at quarterback again if Goff is unable to direct the offense.

Jan 5, 2022 1:06 PM EST

Uncertain to play in finale

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that Goff (knee) has a "50-50" chance of playing in Sunday's game against the Packers, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Campbell noted that for the time being, the Lions will proceed as though Tim Boyle will be making a third consecutive start in the season finale, but those plans could change if Goff checks out better than anticipated in practices over the next few days. After sitting out the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Falcons while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Goff was activated last Monday, but he wasn't able to practice at any point last week due to the strained knee before he was ultimately inactive for this past Sunday's 51-29 loss to the Seahawks. The 2-13-1 Lions don't have anything more than pride on the line in the season finale, so the coaching and training staffs could be inclined to hold Goff out again he's well below 100 percent by the time Sunday arrives.

Jan 4, 2022 6:33 AM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Goff (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game in Seattle.

Analysis: Goff wasn't eligible to play Week 16 due to residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and once he was activated last Monday he wasn't able to practice due to a knee injury. The Lions tabbed him as doubtful to play Sunday, and that assessment proved to be true, keeping him sidelined for a second contest in a row. Tim Boyle thus will earn another start in place of Goff, but the first one didn't go swimmingly last Sunday in Atlanta, as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Jan 2, 2022 12:16 PM EST

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