Rams receiving corps coming up short of No. 1 in PFF rankings should be motivating

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The Los Angeles Rams expect big things from their receiving trio once again during the 2019 season.

Prior to the Sean McVay era getting underway in 2017, the Los Angeles Rams had one of the weakest receiving corps in the NFL, and watching the team average just 14 points per game in 2016 will back that statement up.

Clearly, no offense was going to be successful with Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin being the top receivers to work with in the passing game, but luckily the circumstances quickly changed for the Rams when McVay came on board.

It was one thing to add Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to the mix during the 2017 offseason, but eventually adding Brandin Cooks in 2018 is what really made this trio of receivers special for Los Angeles.

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With each player capable of being a consistent 1,000-yard receiver, it’s easy to see why Jared Goff has been able to work his way into the conversation of being a top quarterback in the league since this trio makes his job much easier to handle.

Based off the results from last season along with Todd Gurley‘s ability as a pass-catching running back, the argument could be made the Rams have the strongest receiving corps heading into 2019.

However, it looks like the folks at Pro Football Focus have a different opinion over Los Angeles being the team with the strongest receiving corps after conducting a list of the best in the league, with the Rams coming in at No. 3.

Looking at how the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles were the only two teams ahead of the Rams on the list, Los Angeles still has plenty of reasons to feel honored in being this high, but also shows there is work to be done.

Maybe if Kupp weren’t coming off a torn ACL suffered in the middle of last season, and there wasn’t a little uncertainty over whether the wideout will see any setbacks, the Rams receiving trio would have earned one of the top two spots.

But hopefully if the last few months are any indication of what to expect from Kupp, Los Angeles should see their beloved wideout return to his normal ways in no time, and feel a little extra motivation to prove the folks from PFF wrong for this recent list.