3 reasons why LA Rams WR Van Jefferson will break out after bye

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The offense needs more firepower

Rams need a more explosive offense.  After flashing some early season brilliance, the Rams offense has gone rather pedestrian.  Not in the typical sense, as the Rams ground game remains very dangerous. Rather, the Rams have gone away from their comfort zone of blending rushes and passes, and have begun to lean far too heavily upon a passing game that struggles under constant use.

The team has a solid roster of dangerous weapons. The problem is that the Rams have gotten into predictable habits as to how they make use of them. Games begin by testing defenses with either Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods, or both. Once they make yards, the Rams will layer in a tight end, and mix in Josh Reynolds.   That’s been the routine.

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Mix it up

Imagine the panic if the Rams changed that script. After all, despite the lack of touches, Van Jefferson has been a perfect four of four catches in his last three games. Would it catch the Seahawks off guard if Jefferson emerged as the team’s primary target in this week’s contest against the Seahawks?

Jefferson has yet to score his first NFL touchdown.  But he seems to have turned the corner on catching the ball.  He only caught five of the first ten passes thrown his way. Since then, he’s caught everything thrown his way. Although that only adds up to nine receptions, he has put up 121 yards for a respectable 13.4 yards per reception. That is second to only Josh Reynolds, but thanks to a better completion rate, is better in yards per target.