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Expectations will be high as Los Angeles Rams rookie Jared Goff makes transition to NFL

Expectations will be high as Los Angeles Rams rookie Jared Goff makes transition to NFL

Before he moves forward as Rams quarterback, Jared Goff needs to move backward. Again and again.

The No. 1 pick in last month's NFL draft is making the transition from a spread to a pro-style offense, taking snaps from under center for the first time since his freshman year in high school. It's a fairly common transformation these days — fellow first-round pick Paxton Lynch faces a similar learning curve with the Denver Broncos — but it's more complicated than meets the eye.

"Passing the football is rhythm and timing," Rams quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke said during a rookie mini-camp last week. "When I'm under center, that rhythm and timing is...

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