What was widely expected is now official, as quarterback Jared Goff has been named to the 2018 Pro Bowl.
Goff was previously a first-alternate for the event. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier in 2017, making Goff’s selection highly probable. With the Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl with Sunday’s victory in the NFC Championship Game, that presumption is now official.
Selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Goff showed remarkable progress in his second season — first under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay. Goff finished the year No. 5 with a 100.5 passer rating, having completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Cal product was the first in franchise history to throw for at least 25 touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions in a single season.
On Friday, Goff was named Most Improved Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Goff is the Rams’ eighth Pro Bowl player for this season and the third from Los Angeles’ offense. He joins running back Todd Gurley and left tackle Andrew Whitworth on the NFC’s squad. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, kicker Greg Zuerlein, punter Johnny Hekker, long snapper Jake McQuaide, and return specialist Pharoh Cooper are Los Angeles’ other Pro Bowlers. Zuerlein and Donald, however, will not participate in the All-Star game due to injury.
The Pro Bowl will be played next Sunday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. at noon PT. The game will be televised on ESPN.