To say that Los Angeles Rams’ wideout Cooper Kupp was a pleasant surprise in 2017 would probably be an understatement. The rookie receiver immediately stepped in as a starter, played in all 15 games (a healthy scratch in Week 17) and lead all Rams with 869 receiving yards. It’s possible - had he played in all 16 games - that he would’ve lead all rookies in that category last year (JuJu Smith-Schuster: 917 yards).
There’s little reason to believe that the Rams, or Kupp, will regress in the upcoming year. And, by the sounds of it, Kupp could be in for a huge 2018 campaign. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has been on hand for the Rams-Ravens practices in Baltimore this week, and noted that Kupp has been a handful for the opposition:
Cooper Kupp was more or less unstoppable in Tuesday’s practice. The second-year receiver was a go-to guy for Goff and the chemistry was obvious in the 11-on-11 unscripted portion. The Ravens tried lining up slot corners and regular corners and even hybrid linebackers on him but to no avail. In general, he was a matchup problem and with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks on the outside, and the Rams hopeful for a breakthrough season for tight end Tyler Higbee, Kupp remains in line for a bevy of targets. Goff and he have something special going on.
Kupp has worked diligently all offseason hoping to improve on last year and fix some things he was “almost embarrassed by” in his rookie year. With a full season under his belt, and with a strong(er) rapport with QB Jared Goff, don’t be surprised to see Kupp lead the team in targets and receptions in coming year; while adding a first, of what could be many, 1,000 yard seasons.