5 unstoppable offensive stars who must carry the LA Rams into the postseason

Expectations continue to rise for the LA Rams, particularly in the quest for a post-season appearance. But if the team intends to compete in the 2025 NFL Playoffs, these five offensive weapons will need to show up in a big way.
Los Angeles Rams Minicamp, Jimmy Garoppolo, Mike LaFleur
Los Angeles Rams Minicamp, Jimmy Garoppolo, Mike LaFleur / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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WR Puka Nacua

it's tough to reconcile placing burden on the second season after rookie WR set an NFL All-Time Rookie Receiving record, but such is the NFL. It's about what the player can do in the present tense, and that translates into Puka Nacua needs to bring his A game in 2024.

It seems both ironic and somewhat humiliating to assess how incredibly effective Nacua's rookie season was, and then step back and expect similar or better results in 2024, but such is the growth of young NFL players. Of course, can the team expect similar results that were almost entirely dependant on the fact that the young man was targeted 160 times in his debut season?

To sustain that level of performance, the team will either need to:

  • Target Puka Nacua at least 160 times in 2024
  • Improve his catch rate of 65.6 percent
  • Increase his average 14.2 yards per reception

Even if Nacua does backslide a bit in 2024, whether by sharing the workload, a more even distribution between pass and run, or simply the fact that his gets dinged up this season, the season is not ruined. The presence of Puka Nacua on the football field simply needs to be that dependable 1000-yard type receiver that the team hopes to see from Cooper Kupp this season.

The Rams offense has been blessed with multiple 1000 yard receivers in the past, and 2024 certainly seems to be an alignment of those same traits that unlocks a pair of dominating receivers once more.