For the first time in what seems like forever, the Los Angeles Rams don’t have to worry about the wide receiver position this offseason.
Two years ago when Sean McVay was adjusting to being the new head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, he made it a top priority to makes sure the team built a better offense around Jared Goff since this was going to be the only way to bring out the best in the former California star.
During his rookie campaign in 2016, Goff failed to win a single game in seven starts as a result of a poor offensive line along with having one of the league’s worst receiving corps to work with, which luckily is no longer the case heading into 2019.
As Los Angeles fans know, McVay wasted little time addressing these two issues as soon as he came on board in 2017. And while the offensive line may have some questions this offseason with the futures of Andrew Whitworth and Rodger Saffold uncertain, at least the Rams are set at the wide receiver position.
The team site recently discussed how Los Angeles seems to be in the perfect shape to be set at wide receiver for years to come since all four of their top players are under contract for years to come, making McVay and company feel all sorts of confidence in the direction of this team.
Looking back at the 2017 offseason, the decision to sign Robert Woods to a five-year deal could end up being one of the most underrated moves of that free agency period since this was a player who was previously viewed as a No. 2 receiver at best.
The fact that Woods had previously never crossed the 700-yard receiving mark in his career shows why some fans were scratching their heads over the decision by the organization at the time after looking at the help they needed at receiver, but no one is questioning the move now.
A few months after signing Woods, who set career highs of 86 catches for 1,219 yards with six touchdowns in 2018, Los Angeles would use the draft to bring on two more receivers in Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds, both of which have shown signs of being two steals from that class.
Add the trade from last offseason that landed Brandin Cooks through a trade with the New England Patriots into the mix to upgrade from Sammy Watkins after he left the team for the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, it’s easy to see why the Rams are in great shape at receiver.
Best part is, as the team site pointed out as well, with Cooks (signed through 2023), Woods (2021), Kupp (2020), and Reynolds (2020), Los Angeles is built strong enough with their weapons in the passing game, they may not have to worry about receiver for years to come.
Sure, there’s always the risk of injuries (just look at Kupp) or someone being unhappy where it results in them wanting a new home through a trade, but this doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an issue for the Rams.
In what has to be an amazing feeling after looking at all those years spent trying to find the right weapons to build the offense around, Los Angeles has a solid group of receivers with these four who should continue to keep the offense in great shape for years to come.