Projecting Detroit Lions Quarterback Jared Goff 2021 NFL Season Stats


For the first time in over a decade, the Detroit Lions have a new caller below the center to kick off a season.

Matthew Stafford is out after 12 seasons at Motor City and Jared Goff is with the Rams organization after five seasons.

The two quarterbacks traded places this off-season when the new Lions general manager Brad Holmes Stafford to Los Angeles awarded for Goff and several draft picks.

For Goff, it’s a chance for a fresh start.

He has been widely maligned for his game over the past two seasons, when he scored just 22 and 20 touchdowns in consecutive campaigns, respectively.

It came after the 2016 No. 1 overall selection traveled to the Pro Bowl twice in a row in 2017 and 2018. He threw a total of 60 TDs in those two seasons and led the Rams to 24 regular season wins, two consecutive NFC West Division crowns, and a Super Bowl appearance.

He was the “man” in LA at the time. But he fell out of favor with the franchise, including Rams head coach Sean McVay, after producing mediocre numbers in 2019 and 2020.

The 26-year-old was given a chance at redemption in Detroit.

Freshman Lions chief Dan Campbell gave an enthusiastic review of Goff at the start of the OTAs. For starters, he loved the fact that his starting quarterback was in attendance.

“It was big,” remarked Campbell during a video conference with the media in Detroit. “Anytime you can get your quarterback here for all of your guys – the offensive line, the receivers, the backs, the tight ends – and let him work the system (and) not only get used to the system itself, but also to it, how he’s going to run the system and for the players around him to get used to it, it’s been huge. ”


Campbell also gave some thought to Goff’s intangibles as a passerby.

“We’ve only been here a week – (but) I can tell you he’s throwing a nice ball. That’s for sure,” commented Campbell. “But I like his mannerisms. I like his command in the huddle. And I’d say man, he’s progressing right where you want him to be now. Again we are not on the team [drills], we’re doing these walk-throughs. But the first live seven-on-seven yesterday, just watching him throw and some of the things that come out of it are baby steps now. It’s good to have him here. ”

On Tuesday, Goff called the change of scenery at Campbell & Co. “a breath of fresh air”.

“Every time you get a change of scenery, it’s always a fresh start, a breath of fresh air,” Goff told reporters. “And I said that, I think maybe earlier, but it’s like there are a lot of people who have that. The coaching staff is of course brand new. There are quite a few new players. I am of course part of the new player regime. We also have a lot of young players. It’s starting a lot fresh so that kind of energy is distributed around the building. ”

Goff also noted that his relationships with Campbell and Detroit offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn have started well.

“I think, personally, Dan and A-Lynn really empowered me, kind of [say], what I want? What do I want? How do i want to see it? How do we want to do things? And they keep bouncing things off of me, and I keep bouncing things off of them, “Goff said.” That was a healthy relationship and something I enjoyed experiencing and being part of – guys who want to really hear from me and hear what I like. ”

My forecast for Goff in 2021: 24 pass touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 4,052 yards

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