Reason 1 – Unmatched WR talent
The LA Rams have one of the most dangerous groups of receivers in the NFL. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Josh Reynolds, and WR Nsimba Webster. While they are the top five wide receivers on the roster, the Rams will likely carry six wide receivers on the active 53-man roster this year.
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Of that list, we know that both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp will likely put up a thousand yards apiece. Will Josh Reynolds put up career numbers? Well, we know it’s his contract year, so that’s usually when a breakout year occurs. Hopefully, he can dramatically improve his catch rate to better than a 50/50 career average of coming down with the ball. Right behind him on the depth chart is rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson, who is himself a threat to put up 1000 yards this season if the team gives him enough looks. KR/WR Nsimba Webster is having a great camp so far. While he may not have Brandin Cooks’ speed, he could slide in as the fast change up slot receiver.
Adding it up
if the LA Rams can get 1,300 receiving yards from the tight end group, which includes Johnny Mundt and/or Brycen Hopkins, 300 receiving yards from the running backs, and 3,400 yards from the team’s wide receivers, Jared Goff will shatter the 5,000 yards passing ceiling this year. And with this roster, that is very doable.
As long as the Rams offense remains healthy, Goff has a strong shot of throwing for over 5,000 yards. Typically, only one or two quarterbacks break that barrier in a single season. The only quarterback to do so in 2019 was Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. No quarterback from the class of 2016 has yet done so. Should Goff break that barrier, it should solidify him as one of the best quarterbacks from the 2016 NFL Draft.
But I wouldn’t count on it. After all, the perception of Jared Goff is that he is just a ‘system quarterback’. It will take more than one 5,000 passing yards in one season to change that mindset.