The stars finally have a chance to shine on this LA Rams offense. But to do so, their sun had to set.
Almost as soon as a young child steps outside into the bright sunshine, that child learns a lesson that lasts throughout their lifetime. You cannot see stars as long as the sun is in the sky. Brightness outshines dimmer objects. So to get a true view of all of the other celestial bodies, you must wait for the sun to set and nighttime to arrive.
Not even the luminescence of a full moon stands a chance when the sun is up. Right now, that analogy is almost the perfect description of what this LA Rams roster must do now that Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is out for a minimum of four weeks.
When the sun sets, the stars come out. For the LA Rams roster, when Kupp sits, the other stars must come out and shine. That’s the plan, at least in the eyes of LA Rams OC Liam Coen:
So who will step up? Just based on recent performances, the three players who are most likely to step up are WR Allen Robinson, WR Van Jefferson, or TE Tyler Higbee.
The LA Rams roster holds intriguing options for Week 11
If Stafford’s tendencies in the past dictate Week 11, then you have to look for Higbee to lead the LA Rams offense in both receptions and yards. Higbee has been the second-favored target on the offense all season.
However, when Kupp left the field, wide receiver Van Jefferson was quick to step in and fill his role in the Rams lineup. Jefferson has often been compared to Cooper Kupp, with experience being the biggest difference. But in Week 11, Jefferson has the chance to get some valuable experience in a game in which he could be the primary target of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
But for my money, I favor the LA Rams trying to hitch the offense up to WR Allen Robinson. Robinson was signed to the Rams roster this season with a great deal of fanfare. Unfortunately, he was not getting nearly as many targets as expected. I think that may change in this one. The most targets Robinson has seen for the Rams so far is seven passes, and he hauled in five of those passes for 54 yards.
If the Rams can get the ball to Robinson, he is the type of receiver who can spark a lot of offense for the Rams. And while it hasn’t happened yet this season, the more Robinson is targeted, the more effective he appears to become. If he gets targeted 10+ times, he could get his first 100+ yards game for the LA Rams.
Will it happen? Perhaps not. But it would be incredibly well-timed for the Rams, a team desperate for something positive.