Throw me the damned football
That number includes two games where the Rams pulled their starters off the field for the final quarter. Johnny Mundt and DeSean Jackson are no longer contributing to the team’s passing game. So for the rest of the season, the team will likely divvy up the remaining passes like this:
Cooper Kupp – 29 percent
Robert Woods – 18 percent
Odell Beckham Jr. – 15 percent
Van Jefferson – 14 percent
Tyler Higbee – 14 percent
RBs/Other – 10 percent
Assuming that the LA Rams offense throws 320 passes through the remainder of the season, the number of passes per player will equate to:
Projected Week 10-18
Cooper Kupp – 93 passes
Robert Woods – 58 passes
Odell Beckham Jr. – 48 passes
Van Jefferson – 45 passes
Tyler Higbee – 45 passes
RBs/Other – 31 passes
Will that be enough to keep everyone happy? Let’s work our projections one more time, this time applying the completing rate and average yards per reception:
Projected Week 10-18
Cooper Kupp – 922 yards, 8 touchdowns
Robert Woods – 476 yards, 4 touchdowns
Odell Beckham Jr. – 450 yards, 3 touchdowns
Van Jefferson – 420 yards, 2 touchdowns
Tyler Higbee – 320 yards, 2 touchdowns
RBs/Other – 252 yards, 3 touchdowns
Will that be enough to keep everyone content? Considering that OBJ saw just 34 passes with the Browns, I think it will be more than enough to get his head back into the game. And with the LA Rams flooding the secondary with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Odell Beckham Jr., and even Van Jefferson, the pressure will be back on defenses.
Will the Rams stumble along the way? If you think that Odell Beckham Jr. makes these Rams unbeatable, then you need to rethink that. The LA Rams offense in 2018 seemed to be stronger and more balanced in my humble opinion. That offense boasted Todd Gurley, an incredible offensive line, and enough wide receivers to run rings around opposing defenses. Yet, they lost three games.
The goal is to improve a little bit each week. Now, with Von Miller on defense and Odell Beckham Jr. on offense, the Rams’ potential has improved. This team still needs to do the work. The bugs still need to be worked out. Communication still needs to be established and maintained.
Now that the Rams have the pieces to win it all, it’s up to the coaches and players to assemble a championship team.