WR Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams
|6-2, 204||Born: 6-15-1993||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
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General News (Fri Feb 1): said he has not experienced any setbacks as he rehabs from knee surgery.
Week 21: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Tough matchup. Jared Goff has been up and down this season but was great when he needed to be against the Saints in the championship. Goff over his last seven games has thrown for 216 yards or less in five of those games and has thrown for under 60% completion percentage in four of those games. The Rams offense has primarily evolved into a run-first offense setting up the play-action pass and is an offense that is designed to play with the lead. The struggles for the Rams in the passing game have been primarily driven by the lack of consistent options outside of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. The Rams desperately miss Todd Gurley's elusiveness out of the backfield if nothing more than to keep the defense honest with drawing safety attention over to the running back who is dangerous in open space. Josh Reynolds has been a deep threat for the Rams, but the second-year player has struggled with consistency for the Rams this season. This is a unit that will be critical in the outcome of this game as they need to get back to the high potent offense that we saw earlier this season. The Patriots secondary has been one that is a better unit than the stats show as they have been a victim of garbage time production in several games this season. This is a unit that has allowed the fifth-most attempts allowed, but have the fifth-fewest yards per attempt this season indicating that while teams throw a lot against them on a per-yard basis they are not efficient. From a talent standpoint, this is a team that is extremely dangerous as they primarily play a 4-1-6 Dime defense. This is a veteran unit led by Stephon Gilmore who has emerged as one of the top corners in the league and plays alongside the McCourty twins and Patrick Chung who have played a significant role in undrafted rookie J.C. Jackson's development this season. If there is a weakness on this defense, it would be how the inexperienced Jackson performs in the Super Bowl and he'll mostly matchup against Josh Reynolds, but will see some Brandin Cooks in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Cooper Kupp's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Kupp had maybe the prettiest catch of his career so far on the second drive, a fully-extended toe-tap grab along the sideline that was reminiscent of AJ Green. He was unfortunately injured while running a route in the 4th quarter and will be lost for the remainder of the season with an ACL tear.
2018 Week 9 vs NO (6 / 5 / 89 / 1 rec)
Kupp did not get targeted until 6:00 remaining in the second quarter. He beat his defender on the perimeter in man coverage for a 26 yard gain on a corner route. He had the biggest play of the game - a catch and run 35 yard touchdown off a Shallow Cross on 3rd and 1 that brought the score to 35-33 (the Rams would tie on the 2-point attempt on the next play).
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Kupp was left the game with an injury for the second straight week. He injured his knee on a Jet Sweep for a 10 yard gain in the second quarter. He was horsecollar tackled by the defender, who was penalized.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)
Kupp was tearing the Seahawks defense up in the first half - running into wide open voids in the middle of the field and in underneath zones. He did have a drop that was popped up into the air on a tip drill after Kupp got hit during the catch attempt - and was bailed out by Higbee catching it off the deflection. His TD reception came off of PA Boot, where he faked as the backside slice blocker before releasing into the flat as he often does. He broke a diving tackle attempt at the 5 and scampered into the endzone. Did not play during the second half because of an apparent concussion sustained during the 2 minute drill to close out the first half. He was hit making a catch over the middle, but finished the drive.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (11 / 9 / 162 / 2 rec)
Kupp actually got some vertical usage in this game instead of just being the Rams' de-facto tight end. He had a huge 70 yard catch and run touchdown reception on the second play of the second drive. He lined up slot left to the Field and ran a drag that converted to a wheel once he got to the numbers on the Boundary side. As he came across the field on the drag, he got matched up on Anthony Barr and just ran right past him as he turned the drag into a wheel. He was wide open by the time he made the catch. His second TD reception came on a 20 yard throw where he split double coverage on a Deep Cross, and Goff led him perfectly into the endzone where only Kupp could make the catch.
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (6 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Kupp continues to work as a chain mover and underneath target in the Rams passing game. He had his biggest play of the season so far on the third play of Los Angeles' opening drive of the second half. He ran an Out route on 3rd and 8, and broke off upfield when he was Jared Goff started to scramble. Goff evaded pressure and hit Kupp downfield, He broke his man's tackle attempt and ran to the endzone for a 53 yard catch-and-run touchdown.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (6 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
Kupp continues his role as a hybrid slot WR/tight end for the rams. His first major value target came late in 3rd quarter, a drag from inside the 10. He made the reception, but was tackled short of endzone. Gurley converted for easy TD on the next play. His biggest play of the game was a 3rd down conversion, a double move inside for a catch-and-run of 29 yards. He and Higbee's willingness to be involved as a blockers really make the Rams' offense go.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
He is the de-facto tight end for this offense, and you can see it by his alignment, routes run, and use as a blocker in the run game. His opening target was dropped (a PA Drag that turned into a Wheel Route from Bunch). He had another drop again on a quick out that was thrown behind. He was targeted heavily in the redzone, although Goff almost had potential turnovers throwing to him. On one of the throws, he won on a inside-breaking double move that should have been his first receiving touchdown, but Goff threw it slightly behind him, allowing the defensive back to almost intercept it. On his touchdown, he faked a seal block on the CB before releasing to the flat off Play Action. The run block fake really helped sell the route.
Latest NewsRams | Cooper Kupp remains on track (Thu Mar 21, 09:08 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) said his recovery is where it is 'supposed to be' at this point in the process. Our View: Kupp had surgery in November and should be ready for the start of the season. If he can open training camp off of the PUP list, that will be a win for his recovery timeline.
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