What is up with LA Rams rookie receiver phenom, Puka Nacua?
If I told you before Week 1 that the LA Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua would end the afternoon catching 10 of 15 passes for 119 yards, would you have believed me? I seriously doubt that anyone would have been that optimistic in the rookie's NFL debut.
But that level of excellence triggers two things for the rest of Puka Nacua's season. First of all, he is not a secret weapon any longer. NFL defenses, and the San Francisco 49ers, know what Nacua can do and will prepare accordingly. And second of all, now that he has stepped up and delivered so well in Week 1, the Rams offense will expect him to do so each week.
That second condition could be a problem. You see, the Rams rookie wide receiver did not practice on Thursday, September 14, 2023. For a rookie, that could prove to be disruptive to his development and ultimate preparation for the LA Rams Week 2 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
Does this impact his ability to play In Week 2? For now, his status is questionable. But Rams HC McVay suggests that as of now, the LA Rams believe that Nacua is a go for Week 2.
That is good news indeed. But should Rams fans look for another highlight reel filled with Puka Nacua catches? Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. The Rams have a robust menu of offensive options to use in Week 2. Nacua may not be the special of the day for Week 2.