Difference I: Rams are throwing deep balls again
The LA Rams had one helluva season with Brandin Cooks in 2018. In that season, the Rams lost Cooper Kupp to an ACL injury and had to lean heavily upon Cooks and Robert Woods. Cooks responded, and delivered his career-best season to help the Rams get through the NFL playoffs and to Super Bowl LIII.
The LA Rams struggled for two years to air it out. Whether it was a porous offensive line, a nervous-nelly quarterback who would rather chuck it than be stuck with a quarterback sack, or simply unimaginative offensive pass plays, the Rams struggled to connect deep. And so, if the Rams could not pass the ball deeply, then why have a deep threat receiver?
That all changed this year with the arrival of strong-armed veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. He not only can read the progressions quickly enough to find a deep route opening up downfield, but he can hurl the ball to the receiver with a better than 50/50 success rate.
The LA Rams are stretching the football field once more. Whether or not the team can find a way to find a truce with unhappy Rams WR DeSean Jackson, bringing back Cooks just makes sense at this point for the Rams. The last time the team made the Super Bowl, they did it on the backs of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks. Makes sense to load the roster with Cooks for another SB run.