10 reasons to believe in this LA Rams offense and QB Goff

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III – Jefferson continues to flirt with a breakout game

No, rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson continues to flirt with hopes of a big game with the cameo one or two passes thrown his way. But there is that unshakeable feeling that just when all give up hope for a big game from Jefferson, it will happen. He’s flirting with a huge game already. And much like his rookie teammate Cam Akers, he’s doing it on few offensive snaps.

Jefferson has been targetted just 21 times in 12 games. That works out to 1.75 passes per game. Of that number, he’s caught 15 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. Certainly, that is a far cry from the 1,000-yard season we had hoped he would deliver this season. It’s difficult to crack the Rams rotation as a receiver. The team boasts both Wood and Kupp as their primary targets. So any remaining targets are split among the Rams

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Tide is turning

But Jefferson is starting to catch an increase in use. He started out the season seeing action, but that frequency eroded to the point where he had only been on the field for 17 offensive snaps since the bye week. Well, that changed dramatically in week 13. Against the Arizona Cardinals, he was active for 40 snaps and caught four of the five passes thrown his way for 27 yards.

One point does not a trend make. But the Rams would certainly benefit from another receiver who can threaten defenses. Since Jefferson has seen such little action, he is not one of the players who draw the focus of defenders. But little by little, he is finding more opportunities in this offense. Someday soon, he will get his 100 yards receiving. Once that happens, it will likely happen more than once.