There are some really tremendous wide receiver duos throughout the NFL — the type that keep defensive coordinators up at night. But there is perhaps no better trio of wideouts in the NFL than the ones being fielded by the Los Angeles Rams.
Earlier this month on GMFB, Peter Schrager echoed that stating he thought the Rams trio of receivers - Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp - were the best in the league (and potentially all-time). And while the jury is still out on whether or not this trio will go down with the all-time greats, it doesn’t appear he’s wrong about the Rams sitting atop league’s list of most lethal WR pairings.
And with one quarter of the season behind us, it appears Pro Football Focus agrees. On Friday they dropped their third receiving corps rankings of the 2018 season. The Rams, as you might suspect, are numero uno:
WIDE RECEIVER RANKING, WEEK 4: 1st
It should come as no surprise that the best team in the league with the best offense in the league also has the best wide receiver corps in the league through the opening month. Robert Woods (84.2) and Brandin Cooks (82.3) both have top-10 receiving grades, while Cooper Kupp (79.1) isn’t far behind at 20th. No team can match the 29 explosive plays generated by Rams’ wideouts on the year, a league-leading 14 of which have come from Cooks.
This really should come as no surprise to fans, of any fanbase, as the Rams’ offense has looked nearly unstoppable to start the 2018 season — and all three of these wideouts are on pace to eclipse 1,200 yards this season.
Earlier this year, PFF ranked the NFL’s receiving corps at the end of May, and once again prior to the preseason. All three of these articles were written by different PFF staffers, and both of the earlier rankings appeared to include tight ends or running backs as part of their “corps” definition. The only mention of “tight end” in this most recent ranking is that it’s the 49ers best pass-catching option (insert evil laughter). If you’re not interested in clicking, the Rams ranked 8th on May 31 and 12th on July 31.