5 Los Angeles Rams facing most pressure in Week 1 against Oakland Raiders

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4. Brandin Cooks

Losing Sammy Watkins in free agency to the Kansas City Chiefs seemed like a crushing blow at the time for the Rams’ offense since they were going to be losing a speedy deep threat, but when seeing how it eventually led to Brandin Cooks, this was well worth it. With all due respect to Watkins, acquiring Cooks from the New England Patriots was an upgrade for Jared Goff in the passing game, and was easily worth giving up a first-round pick for during this year’s draft.

Sure, Los Angeles may be the third team for Cooks in three years, and may seem like a risk with this in mind, but also seeing the Rams reward him with a hefty extension before even suiting up for a single game shows how much confidence they have in the speedster. Not to mention, the 227 catches along with 24 trips into the end zone over the last three seasons makes it seem like he’s going to flourish playing in an offense like the one McVay runs.

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Also, the presence of Cooks should benefit his teammates as well in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp since these two receivers will take advantage of additional passes thrown in their direction. All things considered, Cooks is going to be an amazing addition to this offense that was already stacked with talent.