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Jared Goff, Carson Wentz have kept close tabs on each other

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are busy. They have teams to guide, offenses to run, opposing defenses to study. There is not much time in their week for casual NFL observance.

But that does not mean they have not kept a close eye on one another.

"A lot of our film has crossed over, so we do get to watch a lot of their offense," said Goff, whose Los Angeles Rams host Wentz's Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

"We have shared a number of crossover film this year while playing similar opponents and everything," Wentz said. "I have seen him on film a handful of times."

Goff and Wentz did not just go No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2016 draft, they were represented by the same agency, Rep 1 Sports, and spent a lot of time working out together in the weeks leading up to the NFL scouting combine. They built a friendship then and keep in touch now. Soon, they will become only the fifth quarterback duo to be selected at the top of the draft and actually face off, with each of their teams among the very best in the NFL.

Wentz, in his second year in the same system, is putting up MVP-caliber numbers, leading the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and sporting a 72.5 Total QBR. He has been at his best when pressured: In 87 passing attempts while under duress, Wentz has thrown seven touchdowns with zero interceptions, according to ESPN Stats & Information tracking.

Rams coach Sean McVay called Wentz "a very talented individual" who is also "conscientious."

"Hes been tremendous this year -- in everything he's been doing, especially his ability to extend plays and make plays outside the pocket," Goff said. "I know thats always something he was always really good at and is continuing to get really good at. A lot of respect for him and what hes done. Hes one guy who has really worked his way into everything hes earned. Hes deserved everything hes earned up to this point, and I am expecting him to continue to keep getting better."

Few have improved like Goff, who struggled mightily through seven rookie starts but has thrived under the system of his first-year head coach, McVay. From 2016 to 2017, Goff has made significant improvements in completion percentage (54.6 to 62.2), yards per game (155.6 to 265.3), yards per attempt (5.3 to 8.1), touchdown-to-interception ratio (0.71 to 3.33) and passer rating (63.6 to 98.4).

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