The Los Angeles Rams loaded up on wide receivers heading into preseason — 12 to be exact. New head coach Sean McVay insisted that a team can never have too many playmakers on offense.
McVay stuck true to that mantra by using the Rams first three picks of the 2017 NFL Draft on potential playmakers. Although each rookie has played well so far in the preseason, wide receiver Cooper Kupp is starting to emerge as a potential steal.
According to Pro Football Focus, rookie Cooper Kupp has graded out as the top receiver in the NFL through the first two weeks of preseason.
Cooper Kupp is opening some eyes this August! pic.twitter.com/l2zCMeY5bq
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 21, 2017
“Of the 24 wide receivers to have seen at least nine passes thrown their way this preseason, none have a higher wide receiver rating (passer rating for quarterbacks throwing to that receiver) than Los Angeles Rams rookie Cooper Kupp, who has posted a rating of 143.8 after picking up 105 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.” – Gordon McGuinness
Despite being the most accomplished wide receiver in NCAA Football Subdivision history, Los Angeles found themselves in position to take Kupp with the 69th overall pick in this year’s draft. If he can continue this kind of production, McVay will have to find more reps for him in this crowded position group.
The addition of a true No.1 wideout in Sammy Watkins means Los Angeles will have plenty of mouths to feed this upcoming season. A problem the Rams have not had in a long time.