Jared Goff

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

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

Doubtful on official report

Goff (knee) didn't practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Seattle.

Analysis: The Lions have been preparing Tim Boyle to start all week, with Goff missing every practice and now highly unlikely to play in Sunday's game. Boyle started last week's 20-16 loss at Atlanta with Goff on the COVID-19 list, completing 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Dec 31, 2021 1:02 PM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Coach Dan Campbell said Friday that Goff (knee) is "doubtful" to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Goff has been unable to practice this week due to the knee issue after missing last week's loss to the Falcons while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 27-year-old's outlook will be updated later Friday when the Lions release their official injury report for Week 17, but it appears Tim Boyle is poised to make his second straight start under center this weekend.

Dec 31, 2021 7:35 AM EST

Doesn't practice again Thursday

Goff (knee) was held out of practice Thursday.

Analysis: Goff's knee injury was masked by the fact he landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list one day removed from getting hurt. On Wednesday, he revealed that he picked it up in his last appearance Week 15 against the Cardinals, and while he's considered day-to-day he may be trending toward an absence Sunday in Seattle, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Goff has another shot to mix into practice Friday before the Lions potentially decide his fate for Week 17. If Goff is sideline, Tim Boyle will earn his third start of the season this weekend.

Dec 30, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Considered day-to-day

Goff (knee) is considered day-to-day and could miss Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Goff didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee strain but reportedly did some rehab work. If he isn't ready by this weekend, Tim Boyle will make his third start of the season, with the most recent being last week when Goff was on the reserve/COVID-19 list and couldn't play in a loss to the Falcons.

Dec 29, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Dealing with knee issue

Goff didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Goff relayed that he suffered a knee injury near the end of the first half of his last appearance, a Week 15 win against the Cardinals, per Rogers. The Lions promptly placed Goff on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Monday due to a positive test for the virus, and because he remained there for exactly one week, the team wasn't required to list him on its Week 16 injury reports. Now, Goff's status is in question in advance of Sunday's visit to Seattle, but he'll have a pair of practices to prove his health in advance of that contest. Next up on the depth chart is Tim Boyle, who completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception this past Sunday in Atlanta in place of Goff.

Dec 29, 2021 11:32 AM EST

Activated from COVID list

The Lions activated Goff (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Just as head coach Dan Campbell confirmed earlier Monday, Goff cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols after a week-long stint on the list. With Goff unable to clear the protocol ahead of Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Falcons, Tim Boyle stepped in as the starting quarterback. Boyle will now revert to backup duties Week 17 in Seattle now that Goff is back at the team facility and ready to resume practicing.

Dec 27, 2021 12:57 PM EST

Set to come off COVID list

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Goff (illness) will return from the reserve/COVID-19 list and will be ready to start Week 17 in Seattle, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Detroit has yet to officially activate Goff from the list, though that looks to be just a formality now that the quarterback has cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol. Goff was able to test out of the protocol in one week, as he reportedly first contracted the virus last Monday. While Goff was sidelined for Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Falcons over the weekend, Tim Boyle stepped in his for his second start of the season and completed 24 of 34 attempts for 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Dec 27, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Officially out Week 16

Goff (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Falcons after he wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Goff still in quarantine while he continues to test positive for the virus, Tim Boyle will pick up his second career start in Atlanta. The change from Goff to Boyle likely amounts to a significant downgrade for the Lions' skill-position players, as the latter signal-caller struggled mightily in his first start Week 10 against the Browns. He completed 15 of 23 attempts for 77 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for a low-tempo Lions offense that ran only 46 plays in that game.

Dec 26, 2021 6:14 AM EST

Likely out Sunday

Coach Dan Campbell said Friday's "it's highly unlikely" Goff will play Sunday against the Falcons, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Goff tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and can technically still clear the health and safety protocols in time for Sunday's game, though the team doesn't expect him to be available. Barring a drastic change in Goff's outlook, Tim Boyle or David Blough will start for Detroit this weekend.

Dec 24, 2021 7:48 AM EST

Tests positive, could play Week 16

Goff said in a radio interview with 97.1 The Ticket Detroit that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports. "I'm feeling good. It's pretty much a mild cold. I'm feeling fine. I had some symptoms pop up really Sunday night after the [Lions' 30-12 win over the Cardinals.]"

Analysis: Goff relayed that he "feels fine," but he admitted that he "[doesn't] know the chances" of playing this weekend against the Falcons. The quarterback's comments imply that he's vaccinated, since unvaccinated players are subject to automatic 10-day quarantines. Goff, meanwhile, will have a shot to play Sunday in Atlanta six days after he tested positive, but he'll first need to show diminished symptoms and/or test negative to clear the necessary protocols. Goff seems unlikely to be activated before the Lions resume practicing Wednesday, so Tim Boyle could begin the week by handling the reps with the first-team offense.

Dec 21, 2021 8:29 AM EST

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