One of ESPN’s summer projects was to figure out the top-10 players at every position with the help of various NFL executives, former players, and analysts.
Now that every position has been thoroughly vetted, the same people, including author Jeremy Fowler, got together once more to discuss the most-underrated players in the league.
Among them were players who were consistently considered to be in that next tier, or that 11-15 range of these rankings. In terms of wide receivers, one of those players was the Rams’ Cooper Kupp, who broke out in a career-year following his torn ACL in 2018.
“Show me a matchup that’s been unfavorable for him,” an NFL head coach said. “I know DBs are always concerned about him. He rarely goes down on first contact, makes the most of his speed. He’ll show a lot this year.”
“Kupp and Robert Woods are one of the league’s most underrated receiver combos,” Fowler states. “Jared Goff took a step back in 2019 with an 86.5 QB rating after back-to-back years above 100. But a nucleus of Kupp, Woods, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett and Day 2 draft steal Van Jefferson should have no problems moving the ball. Kupp will be a catalyst for that attack.”
While there is the real chance of regression, and the addition of Jefferson to the group, Kupp’s prowess in the slot bodes well for his future. The slot receiver has only grown more and more important to the success of today’s NFL offenses and with a murky backfield situation, I expect the Rams to chuck it all over the field.
Now for today’s links.
The Rams practiced on Thursday, but plan for more social action (TheRams.com)
Cameron DaSilva reports on S Taylor Rapp being back at practice (The Rams Wire)
Check out the Jared Goff body double (The Rams Wire)
Are the Rams making it to the playoffs in 2020? (Ramblin’ Fan)
Dan Graziano reports on NFL teams taking a stand, demanding action from owners (ESPN)
The NFL and NFLPA release a statement on the recent boycotts across sports (Bleacher Report)
NFL Nation highlights where every NFL team stands on whether or not fans will attend their games (ESPN)
Joe Burrow is fully-behind every player willing to protest this season (Bleacher Report)
Eagles OT Andre Dillard is out for the season after a bicep injury (Pro Football Talk)
Jason La Canfora reports on the Ravens locker room and how S Earl Thomas just wasn’t a good fit (CBS Sports)