LA Rams Cooper Kupp is hot, but Robert Woods warming up for Cards

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Why Woods is just warming up

Already, Fantasy Football gurus are talking about benching or even dropping LA Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, with the intention of grabbing another wide receiver. In his first three games, Woods has delivered just 124 yards and one touchdown. And when compared to Cooper Kupp’s three-game performance? Yeah, it appears to be a bit ho-hum at this point.

But that is just how the Rams roll with Robert Woods.

In 2019, Robert Woods opened the first three games of the season with 143 yards and no touchdowns. In 2020, Robert Woods opened the first three games of that season with 193 yards and one touchdown.  By the end of the 2019 season, Woods delivered 1,134 yards and three touchdowns. By the end of 2020, Woods came through for 936 yards and six touchdowns.

In the past two NFL seasons, Cooper Kupp has jumped out to lead the team in receiving. But the steady and consistent production of Robert Woods eventually closes the gap between the two receivers.

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Whether it’s all part of some grand master-plan strategy of the coaching staff, or simply a matter of old habits die hard, the pattern of the Rams offense has been well established and this year is simply no different than other years. Cooper Kupp starts hot. Robert Woods gets hot later. Typically, November is the month that Woods appears to be unstoppable.

Another trend is that Robert Woods has played rather well against the Arizona Cardinals. The very same team that is coming to SoFi Stadium to face the LA Rams in Week 4. The Rams have established Cooper Kupp as the big offensive weapon. And now, the Rams have established DeSean Jackson as the receiver who will score from anywhere on the field.  The trap is set.