LA Rams veteran QB Matthew Stafford knows WR chemistry is key

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Chemistry with Robert Woods/Cooper Kupp

For this Rams offense to work, Matthew Stafford needs to connect often with veteran receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. In all honesty, this is probably the most automatic connection for the Rams offense, and these two receivers will certainly be the most frequently targeted in 2021. In all honesty, the Rams could probably make do with just these two receivers on the field.

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I loved what former quarterback Jared Goff was able to do in this offense, but he was not the most adept at finding the open Woods or Kupp downfield if the defense was able to apply pressure. That won’t be the case for Stafford, at least after he syncs up to the cadence of the Rams offense and knows where to find his receivers downfield.

Even as the LA Rams sought speedy receivers to stretch the field, the fact is that both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are capable of stretching the field, but were often not targetted when they climbed the defense. Defenses not only learned that Goff was less effective under pressure, but that he seldom threw the ball to certain routes. From the opening kickoff, all of those tendencies and strategies are meaningless.

Woods and Kupp are both quite capable receivers, and if Stafford pans out as expected, they could both put up well over 1000 yards and 7+ touchdowns this year. That would be a huge boost to a Rams offense that has strayed from scoring well in the passing game. The great thing is that it’s not a stretch for either receiver