Rams rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been much talked about coming out of camp. On Saturday night in Oakland, he showed why with six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Kupp has demonstrated dynamic route running capabilities to go along with hands that are impressively secure, especially for a rookie. He quickly found himself working alongside Rams starters, with his level of production that will not be changing anytime soon. His relationship with quarterback Jared Goff is likely his reason for his rapid production. The two have shown very strong chemistry in the offseason program and preseason games.
Kupp holds many all-time receiving records in the FBS from his college career at Eastern Washington University. Kupp was a third round pick, going 69th overall to the Rams. Many teams did not value Kupp’s statistics as highly as the Rams did due to the strength of his competition. However, even when facing high profile corners such as Sidney Jones, Kupp fared quite well.
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Given his draft position and the numbers he has been producing so early on in his professional career, Kupp is shaping up to be a true steal for the Rams. Kupp’s rapport with quarterback Jared Goff seems to be incredibly strong even though they have not been teammates for too long.
Saturday night Goff targeted Kupp seven times, the most of any of the seven receivers that he completed passes to. This is a clear sign that Goff trusts Kupp, especially given the number of targets that he receives in traffic and in the red zone. Goff often makes throws that demonstrate his chemistry with Kupp. He locates the ball exactly where it needs to be in order for his receiver to make the play in a crowd of defenders.
Teams around the league should be on the lookout for this flourishing young duo. Additionally, fantasy owners may want to be aware of the volume of targets Kupp has been receiving. He is a rookie who has very refined skills. Kupp’s skill level allows him to play at a skill level comparable to players much more experienced than he is. It looks as though the Rams may have found a diamond in the rough in Kupp, and his story has just begun.
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