LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp is more than a one-hit wonder

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For the fans of the LA Rams over the past five seasons, news about the performance of wide receiver Cooper Kupp has come in one of two categories. Either he is playing very well, or he is simply too injured to play.  For the most part, he’s been firmly entrenched in the first category, a Rams receiver who has accomplished or flirted with a 1000 yards receiving season since entering the NFL in 2018.

In the past five seasons, he has put up 5,517 yards and 40 touchdowns. Considering he missed half of his second NFL season, that is pretty impressive. An average of 1,100+ yards and eight touchdowns per year over the entirety of his NFL career?

Well, what if we dial back the range to the past 3 NFL seasons?  What does Kupp’s output look like then?  Still very impressive if you ask me.

And yet, as the NFL projections come at us regarding which receiver group will lead the NFL in 2022, the LA Rams are noticeably absent. Is it simply because too few NFL pundits and analysts are doing their homework? Or is there something more at work here? That east coast bias that seems to favor the Eastern and Central Time Zone players, at the expense of west coast elite players?

If Stefon Diggs or Devante Adams had replicated the 2021 performance of WR Cooper Kupp, would they have won the NFL’s MVP award? Come to think of it, I don’t want to know. I’d hate it if Cooper Kupp’s career is just by his time zone, and not by his accomplishment on the football field.

The good news? If you somehow missed his 2021 NFL season, you’re in luck. He will likely put up very similar numbers this year. LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp is more than a one-hit-wonder. And that is one of the NFL’s worst-kept secrets.

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