Looking at the 6 Rams named to 2017 NFL All-Pro Team

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Pharoh Cooper

In just his second NFL season, Pharoh Cooper has made quite the name for himself when it comes to being one of the top returners in the league, averaging 27.4 yards per return on kickoffs to help him earn a trip to this year’s Pro Bowl. Of course, the better option for Cooper would be missing out on the Pro Bowl since that would mean the Rams are playing in the Super Bowl instead, but either way, just earning the recognition shows how much the former South Carolina standout has improved since his rookie season.

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Plus, it should also be noted that Cooper was willing to step it up on special teams for Los Angeles as a punt returner after Tavon Austin‘s constant fumbles were becoming a major issue, so it’s tough to imagine what the unit would look like without him. And with the playoffs officially getting underway this weekend, the Rams found out the news they were hoping to hear involving Cooper being expected to play against the Atlanta Falcons.

Selecting Cooper in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft was a move Los Angeles felt confident enough in making since they clearly needed help at the wide receiver position. But when looking at all of the talent the Rams now have to work with in the passing game, everything worked out perfect for Cooper since he’s clearly more valuable on special teams.