Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay is on a roll. He’s got his team 3-0 and just beat the previously top ranked Tampa Bay Buccaneers in convincing fashion. He’s done this with one deadly weapon running the offense and delivering the ball but he’s also done it by rotating weapons on the receiving end of the most damaging plays.
Matthew Stafford is of course the one single common denominator of all the most impactful plays so far but what receiver should defenses be keying on. Okay, Cooper Kupp is the other reoccurring element slashing through coverages but who else?
Here’s a look at each of the other three receivers and how Robert Woods could be due for big game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Playing in his second season, Jefferson began the season as the third receiver behind Kupp and Woods and started with a 67 yard touchdown against the Bears in Week 1. It was the first explosive play of the season. In week two he had one catch for 14 yards and then four catches for 42 yards in Week 3.
Jackson had two catches in week one, had zero in week two, and then exploded in week three for three catches on five targets for 120 yards and a touchdown that went for 75 yards.
Bobby Trees had three catches and a touchdown in week one, five receptions for 64 yards in week two, and three catches for 33 yards in week three. Woods is an integral part of the offense recording offensive snap shares of 77% in week one, 98% in week two, and 88% in week three. But he’s not seen more than six catches and not surpassed 75 yards in a game yet. He had couple of drops in week two and he’s not scored since week one. It seems like with McVay’s scheme combined with Stafford’s arm, any one of the Rams top four receivers could find themselves behind the defense. In Week 4, with eyes on Kupp and Jackson, watch out for Woods to hit the big one.
And now for today’s links:
From the Podium: Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford preview Week 4 vs. Cardinals (Rams.com)
Rams injury report: Darrell Henderson limited, Leonard Floyd DNP (RamsWire)
Kliff Kingsbury calls Matthew Stafford ‘a freak show’ at QB, raves about legendary arm talent (RamsWire)
Matthew Stafford 2nd NFC OPOTW part of LA Rams perks (RamblinFan)
Richard Sherman signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL.com)
Giants signing former first-round tackle Isaiah Wilson to practice squad (NFL.com)
Adamant that ‘this isn’t the preseason,’ coach Kyle Shanahan stresses there’s no quarterback battle for 2-1 San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)
Lamar Jackson misses practice with back injury (NBCsports)