Former LA Rams DB John Johnson III questions OBJ fit in offense

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Enough to go around

Let’s turn back the calendar to the last season when the LA Rams competed in the Super Bowl. In that year, the LA Rams had a loaded receiver room, just a packed as the 2021 offense in fact. That year, the LA Rams had two tight ends in Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. The team kept running back Todd Gurley very active in the passing game as well.

Finally, the Rams had four wide receivers, all of whom contributed to the effectiveness of the passing game. Even though Cooper Kupp was lost to the team after just eight games, the remaining receivers picked up the slack and put up incredible numbers.

In that Super Bowl season, all the receivers were involved. Everyone contributed.

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Rams roster had a receiver trio in 2018

The Rams had a triad of wide receivers in 2018, all of whom were capable of putting up over 1000 receiving yards. In just eight games, Cooper Kupp had 566 yards and six touchdowns. In 16 games, Brandin Cooks had 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. In 16 games, Robert Woods had 1,219 yards and six touchdowns. Even Josh Reynolds had 402 yards and five touchdowns.

The not-enough-football-to-go-around perception is simply a myth. So far this season, WR Van Jefferson is getting 78 percent of the offensive snaps, but only 14 percent of the targets. Of that number, he is only catching 58 percent of the passes thrown his way. The Rams have thrown 321 passes in nine games, which is on track for 606 passes in a full 17 game season.