Interesting quote from Jonathan Goff, who has had a few good ones in recent days (basically doubling his career totals in that category). I asked him about Arian Foster of the Texans, the player the Giants are focused on stopping this Sunday. Goff, a linebacker at Vanderbilt, played against Foster when he was at Tennessee.
“I thought he was a good back,” Goff said. “Runs hard, hits the holes, has good vision, good balance, keeps his feet going. He’s a bigger back too.”
But even in college, no one foresaw him becoming the rushing force he is one quarter of the way through this NFL season. So, is he a different back than the one Goff played on the fields of the SEC?
“I don’t know if I would say he’s a different back, but when the level of competition goes up, your own performance has to improve to make the adjustment,” he said. “It seems like that’s exactly what he’s done. Just because you’re not getting the exposure as a player doesn’t mean that you’re not capable.”
When I heard him say that last part, I had to remind myself that the question was about Foster and not Goff himself. I wouldn't be surprised if he was trying to make a parallel there.