Rams receiver Puka Nacua needed four catches and 29 yards to set rookie receiving records in both categories. He finished his day against the 49ers with four catches and 41 yards with a touchdown. Nacua is now, by many definitions, the best rookie receiver in the NFL history.
Puka Nacua shares a moment with his family after breaking the NFL rookie receiving record pic.twitter.com/WAbTZX9pSJ— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 7, 2024
Puka Nacua, a fifth round pick out of BYU who never had a season in college nearly as productive as his first year in the NFL, passed a mark that stood since 1960 and also went past the total of Ja’Marr Chase in 2021. He is, clearly, the best non-first round receiver for a rookie in NFL history and he now his case as the best overall. It doesn’t matter if it took him 17 games, Nacua has been on a pace like this all season and has been L.A.’s most consistent and valuable receiver.
Nacua has 105 catches (passed Jaylen Waddle’s previous record) and 1,486 yards with six touchdowns.
Sean McVay got him out of the game as soon as he set the record.