Cooper Kupp made his presence felt on offense for the Los Angeles Rams during Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers.
While most of the focus during the offseason with the Los Angeles Rams was on Todd Gurley‘s knee, there were plenty of eyes on Cooper Kupp as well with the wideout recovering from a torn ACL suffered last November.
Prior to the injury last season, Kupp was putting together a career year with the Rams after catching 40 passes for 566 yards to go along with six touchdowns, which is why it was so difficult to watch the team participate in the postseason without him.
Recovering from a torn ACL is never easy for any athlete in general, but each update from the offseason surrounding Kupp seemed to be a positive one for Los Angeles to make it seem like he would be ready to go with ease for Week 1.
As Rams fans found out, this would turn out to be exactly the case with Kupp after the wideout played a key role in Los Angeles taking down the Carolina Panthers 30-27 after hauling in seven catches for 46 yards.
This may not seem like the biggest deal on paper since some will make the case that Kupp’s numbers should have been higher, but also keep in mind that Jared Goff tends to do a phenomenal job in spreading the football around with all of the weapons he has to work with.
Plus, the last thing that Los Angeles wanted to do is overwork their beloved wideout in his first game back, so this first outing by Kupp seemed all too perfect.
Dating back to 2017, it’s safe to say that Kupp turned out to be one of the biggest steals from the draft since there was plenty of criticism at the time for the Rams taking a wideout from a smaller school in Eastern Washington.
Heading into his third NFL season, Kupp has clearly become one of Goff’s most reliable targets, and there’s every reason to believe that Los Angeles will do whatever it takes to make sure he sticks around for the long run.
With a tough battle at home this upcoming Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, Goff and the Rams will need all of the extra help possible on offense from players like Kupp to put the team in better position to start 2-0.
Knowing Kupp, the Rams wideout will find a way to top his Week 1 numbers, and make the offense feel even more excited over what the 2019 campaign has in store now that he’s recovered from the ACL injury.