Rams receiver Cooper Kupp was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, following a three-game stretch to begin the season in which he has caught 25 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns. Kupp is the fourth receiver in franchise history to win the award, fittingly following in the footsteps of Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, and Henry Ellard. Each of them won the award once in their careers.
Kupp still has three more months left in 2021 and the 28-year-old only just got started with quarterback Matthew Stafford.
And it is somewhat surprising that Stafford wasn’t the player who won the honor, given that LA’s new quarterback was twice named as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week already. Stafford has had three of the best starts of his career now with the Rams — including two of his top 10 games all-time (1st and 9th-best) in passer rating — and the 17-game season demands that the show go on.
Which Rams player is most likely to win a player of the week or player of the month award next?
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won seven NFC Defensive Player of the Week and two NFC Defensive Player of the Month awards in his career. During his 20.5-sack season in 2018, Donald twice won player of the week and player of the month honors.
Jalen Ramsey won AFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2016 as a rookie with the Jaguars.
Leonard Floyd won NFC Defensive Player of the Week last November.
Last season, Johnny Hekker won NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October and he’s numerous weekly accolades. And to think, this year people were asking about Corey Bojorquez.
Stafford, Kupp, Donald, Ramsey, Floyd, and Hekker alone would give the Rams six devastating options for weekly or monthly honors, but Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, Darious Williams, Jordan Fuller, and maybe even Sony Michel or Matt Gay would be looking to be the next player on the team to get the call.
Which Rams player do you think is most likely to win NFC Offensive or Defensive Player of the Month over the course of the rest of this season?