II – Rams passing offense appears unmatched in NFL
The LA Rams conceivably have the potential for as many as four different players to end the season with 1000 yards. At one time? Likely not. But if the offense can target Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, and Van Jefferson often enough, each of them will have the opportunity to do so.
That’s a lot of targeting. To make it possible, the Rams will need to give quarterback Jared Goff enough time to find the open receiver. So far, the Rams have relied more and more upon Goff’s passing arm. Each year, the number of passing attempts has risen. In 2019, Goff tied for the most passing attempts in the NFL with 626 attempts. That number can go up, as Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford attempted 727 passes in 2012 to set an all-time NFL record.
Ram’s pass-first offense
In a pass-first offense, this Rams offense is as explosive as they come. The Rams have three tight ends, two of whom could haul in 1,000 yards in Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett. The third tight end, rookie Brycen Hopkins, will develop rapidly into a receiving target this year. For wide receivers, the Rams have two 1000 yard receivers in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. the team has rookie Van Jefferson who could put up 1000 yards as well. Then there are other targets like Josh Reynolds, Nsimba Webster, Trishton Jackson, Johnny Mundt, Darrell Henderson, Cak Akers, Xavier Jones, and Malcolm Brown.
The Rams offense was the third most proficient offense through the air in 2019. It could lead the league in 2020 very easily. The Rams have added, not subtracted, targets this year. And the trend for the Rams is to lean more upon the passing game. With the Rams investing more time and coaching energy into quarterback Jared Goff this year, that won’t suddenly reverse.