WR Robert Woods, WR Cooper Kupp, and WR Brandin Cooks seem destined to be together.
Their skills compliment the other in such a way that it just makes sense. Cooks is the undersized alpha, with his gregarious celebrations and big heart. Woods excels in fundamental execution, blocking and running routes in such a way that many wonder if he’s the best WR on the team; but his “team first” attitude never makes it a problem. And Kupp is the classic old school hustle guy — a slot receiver that serves as a security blanket for QB Jared Goff.
Whenever a play breaks down, Goff can always call on Woods, Kupp, & Cooks.
It may seem that, after a heartbreaking week 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Los Angeles Rams are a lost team without an identity. Where is the run game? Can Goff stop turning over the ball? Can Coach McVay evolve the offense into something that makes them elite again?
With all the uncertainty, the one constant remains: Woods, Kupp, & Cooks.
Through four games this season, the pass catching trip for the LA Rams have racked up 388 yards for Kupp, 307 yards for Woods, and 296 yards for Cooks. Kupp currently ranks 2nd in the NFL in yards and his 32 receptions ranks fourth and Woods’ 26 catches ranks seventh. (Cooks has 19 catches, by the way).
In comparison to Tampa Bay, their two leading receivers, WR Mike Evans and WR Chris Godwin, rank in the top ten as well, but their third receiver is... TE OJ Howard and his ten receptions for 131 yards doesn’t come close to Cooks.
When a team suffers a loss like the Rams just endured on Sunday, it’s sometimes difficult to see what the constant is. What is always going to be there when everything else is grinding to a halt?
Cooper Kupp is going to find some open space, Woods is going to make an astounding block, and Cooks is going to stretch the field as he attempts to take one to the house.
The LA Rams may not have the greatest show on surf just yet... but the tide is turning.