Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be forever linked as the two best picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.
They will share the field for the first time on Sunday when the Eagles face the Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum . .
"It will be fun," Goff said Wednesday. "I think it's good to see him, it's good to talk to him and it's good to compete in the same field, but ultimately, I'm competing against his defense and he's competing against ours and that's how it works."
"I'm sure that it will be fun to watch. "
Both quarterbacks have blossomed in their second seasons in the NFL, Goff, whom the Rams selected No. 1 overall from California, has thrown for 3,184 yards with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions to help the Rams (9-3) get their first winning season since 2003.
Goff had just five touchdown passes and seven picks in seven rookie games.
"You have to learn from mistakes too. and go through the good and the bad together, "said Rams first-year coach Sean McVay. I think what I've seen about Jared has been so impressive is his ability that it does not matter what the moment is, no matter how great he is at that point in the game, regardless of what happened before he has already had a successful driving or that we have turned football around, he is not afraid and he is not afraid of failing.
"He goes out there and has some confidence and confidence in his ability to do it … and a belief in his teammates and I think that spreads to the boys, that impartial attitude and that kind of mentality of audacious mentality, Especially from the position of quarterback is something that surely makes you feel good as a coach and I think that's why he's going to be a special player for us. "
Wentz, the second overall selection of the state of North Dakota, had a quick start as a rookie before finishing and finishing with 3,782 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. He is a MVP candidate this year, as the Eagles (10-2) can clinch the NFC East with a victory.
McVay, who saw Wentz twice as a rookie while working as the offensive coordinator for the Redskins, said Wentz was impressive, but his improvement in Year 2 has been even more remarkable.
"He's a smart player," McVay said of Wentz, who has 3,005 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. "You can see by the way that he plays the game, understands what he's seeing from the defenses and how that affects his decision about manufacturing and what he will do with football.
"So, he clearly has the talent with both his arm and his general athleticism to use his legs to beat him. Those are terrifying things to try to defend and that's why he's been playing at such a high level and why he's a great quarterback. "
Wentz and Goff did not know each other before the draft, but they became friends during The 2016 draft process It's useful to share the same agent.
"It's been great to see the year he was having," Wentz said Wednesday, "and I think we're both very excited about this one."
I've also had a lot of "cross-film" this season with six common opponents.
"It's been tremendous this year," said Goff of Wentz. "Everything he's been doing, especially his ability to extend plays and play away from home. "I know it's always something that he's always been good at and he's still really good at, respect for him and what he's done."
"He's a guy who's really worked his way up everything he has won. He has deserved everything he has gained up to this moment and hopes that he will continue to improve. It's a really fun to watch. "
While Goff pointed out that he and Wentz will not be on the field at the same time, both are delighted to play against each other.
" We will be forever linked by the draft and Everything, and I think we're both excited for this game and just for those confrontations in the future, "said Wentz." But, at the end of the day, they're a great soccer team and we're also at this moment, so there's much at stake just because we have two good opponents of the NFC, so there is much more at stake than just me vs. Jared and everything. But, at the same time, it's definitely exciting. "