WR Cooper Kupp ankle sprain should be wake-up call to LA Rams O
By Bret Stuter
There is no denying that LA Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is a very special type of football player. Just as many NFL professional athletes who earn the description of ‘elite,’ Kupp pays no heed to compete against other NFL wide receivers. His competition has, is, and will be to better himself. He is fighting the battle of becoming the best version of himself with each game, with each practice, and with each play.
Right now, that is a bit more challenging, as he injured his ankle very late in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, on a play where the Rams never should have passed the ball to him. The Rams may have dodged a bullet, as Kupp’s injury turned out to be a low-ankle sprain, and he has been listed as day-to-day this week.
Cooper Kupp will play
The latest report from LA Rams head coach Sean McVay is that Kupp will play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kupp will play.
But after an injury scare before the midseason mark, is this a wake-up call for the offense? It certainly should be. Of 260 passes this season, the combination of WR Cooper Kupp and TE Tyler Higbee account for over half of those targets, or 54 percent to be more accurate.
While Kupp has caught over 76 percent of his targets, Higbee’s 64.3 percent catch rate is the worst he’s produced in the last five seasons. That is only one chapter of the novel of the Rams’ offensive struggles this season. But Cooper Kupp is playing, so everything will be fine, right?