The Los Angeles Rams came crashing back down to Earth after a solid 24-7 beating by the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. A mixture of bad plays and blown opportunities is what ultimately resulted in their third loss of the 2017 NFL season.
Among them was a fumble by rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp on Minnesota’s 1-yard-line that helped turn the tide. Kupp discussed the fumble after the game and said he hopes to learn from it, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez:
“It’s tough,” Kupp said. “Obviously, there are plays that I want back and plays that I wish I should’ve made. I think we’re a better team than what we were out there; I think I’m a better player than what I showed out there. We have to go and learn from it and not let things linger.”
Despite Kupp’s crucial mistake, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay still has the utmost confidence in the rookie wideout.
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” he said. “Certainly, a couple of plays don’t dictate what kind of player you are. It’s about how you respond. We’re supporting him and we trust that he’ll respond the right way.”
Aside from the fumble, Cupp also had a crucial drop that would have resulted in a 30-yard reception. His costly mistakes spoiled an otherwise productive outing for the second-rounder, who finished with six receptions for 64 yards on the day.
However, it is now likely that Cupp could see an increase in playing time with the shoulder injury to leading wide receiver Robert Woods. If Los Angeles is going to avoid another dreadful offensive outing like the one they had in Week 11, they will need their bevy of young pass-catchers to step up in Woods’ absence.