Sharp Football stats point to huge problem, now here's how Rams fix it

Puka Nacua, Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Puka Nacua, Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams / Ryan Kang/GettyImages
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There is no lack of love among LA Rams fans and the team's wide receiver room. Whether the topic is All-Pro WR Cooper Kupp, All-Pro second year WR Puka Nacua, venerable veteran Demarcus Robinson, speedy WR option Tutu Atwell, or even rookie WR Jordan Whittington, fans have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the Sean McVay-led offense. And that means plenty of eligibles running routes.

It's both fortunate and wise that the offense has been powered by the cold calculating quarterback Matthew Stafford, a venerable veteran who is even more dangerous late in the game with the football in his hands. Stafford's love of competition, and the ability to instantly diagnose and make his progression reads makes him one of the most dangerous and effective quarterbacks in the NFL.

But could he be more dangerous?

Based on the recently shared statistics from NFL analyst Warren Sharp of Sharp Football, you could make the argument that he could be even more dangerous. How so? According to Sharp football statistics, the LA Rams receivers are among the most butter-fingered receivers in the NFL in 2023. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars are statistically worse:

So what? Every NFL receiver drops the ball occasionally. But when compounded on the aggregate scale over the course of the 2023 NFL season, it becomes quite clear that the Rams left a lot of offensive yards on the football field.

In 2023, Matthew Stafford had a 62.3 percent completion rate. That is the worst rate of his career since 2014, and the worse completion rate since joining the Rams offense. But if the Sharp Football statistics are true, then 21 percent of his passes were incomplete due to receiver error. That means that just 16.7 percent were due to quarterback error, whether overthrown, underthrown, or thrown away to avoid a sack.

That's pretty significant.