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The Daily Dose: Goff Makes Impressive Turnaround, Donald No. 1 in QB Pressures

Posted Jan 30, 2018

All the latest headlines surrounding the Los Angeles Rams for Tuesday, January 30.

This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Tuesday, Jan. 30th about your Los Angeles Rams:

Goff A Prime Candidate for AP Comeback Player of the Year

In the wake of Super Bowl LII this weekend, ESPN.com writer Alden Gonzalez is taking a look at several Rams candidates who could be up for yearly awards handed out by the Associated Press. The awards will be unveiled during the NFL Honors show this Saturday on NBC. 

On Monday, Gonzalez detailed why wide receiver Cooper Kupp should be up for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. And next up is the AP Comeback Player of the Year — a designation which he believes quarterback Jared Goff is a primary candidate for.

Numbers:

“From his first season to his second, Goff made significant improvements in completion percentage (54.6 to 62.1), yards per attempt (5.3 to 8.0), touchdown-to-interception ratio (0.71 to 4.00) and passer rating (63.6 to 100.5). Through the first 16 weeks -- Goff sat out Week 17 -- his 3,804 passing yards ranked eighth, his 28 touchdown passes were tied for fourth, and his 1.5 interception rate stood as the third-lowest.” 

Why He Should Win:

“Among those with at least 200 passing attempts from 2006 to 2016, Goff's 18.3 Total QBR as a rookie was tied with that of John Skelton in 2012 and Matt Flynn in 2013 for the second lowest. Only Jimmy Clausen (13.8 in 2010) was worse. Goff went from that in 2016 to the Pro Bowl in 2017. His passer rating improved by 36.9 points, accounting for easily the biggest jump from the prior season. That's as big a comeback as one can have.”

Seven Rams Named to NFL’s Top 200 Fantasy Players for 2018

The 2018 season may be more than six months away, but it’s never too early to start discussing potential fantasy football lineups for the New Year. To make your roster selection a bit easier, the NFL’s senior fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano has created a list of the top-200 fantasy players for 2018. These rankings are based on a PPR scoring system (one point) and will be updated throughout the offseason.

Seven Rams made the cut this year, including running back Todd Gurley, who comes in as the No. 2 rated player, and wide receiver Robert Woods who was a standout member of the L.A. offense last season.

Rams in the Top-200:

2. Todd Gurley, Rams (RB2)

60. Robert Woods, Rams (WR29)

73. Cooper Kupp, Rams (WR34)

102. Sammy Watkins, Rams* (WR47)

136. Jared Goff, Rams (QB13)

145. Greg Zuerlein, Rams (K2)

149. Rams defense (DST4)

Donald Ranks No. 1 in Quarterback Pressures for 2017

It’s no secret that defensive tackle Aaron Donald is one of the best interior defenders in the league. The Pittsburgh product registered 91 quarterback pressures during the 2017 season — the most of any player in the NFL. Plus, according to PFF, the last time Donald played in a game and didn’t register a sack, hit, or hurry was in the third week of his rookie season in 2014.