The Rams selected Florida WR Van Jefferson in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Scouts consider Jefferson 1 of the top route runners in this class. “He’s got size, really good quickness and route savvy,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He can separate. He’s going to be a really good pro.” Jefferson’s college career got off to a strong start when he ranked top 3 on Ole Miss in catches (49), yards (543) and TDs (3) as a redshirt freshman — notably finishing ahead of A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf. He flattened out from there, though. Jefferson posted a 42-456-1 line in 2017 before transferring to Florida, where he totaled 84 catches, 1,160 yard and 12 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He posted weak market shares in 2019 and ranked 24th in yards per route run among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. Jefferson is also already 23 years old and is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a Jones Fracture in his right foot. He joins Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds in Los Angeles. Kupp and Reynolds are both set to be free agents after this season, while Woods is only signed through 2021.
Insider Jay Glazer writes that Rams WR Cooper Kupp might just be better now than before he tore his ACL last November. "All his test scores, coming out of his breaks, agility, quickness, every test timed better than it was before he tore his ACL," according to Glazer. It's another in a long list of glowing reports on Kupp's recovery from that shredded knee. His ADP has climbed to WR21 -- but he's still capable of returning value at that price tag. Kupp ranked 15th among WRs in PPR points per game last year.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp, now almost 9 months removed from his torn ACL, participated in contact practices with the Chargers. "A guy gives you a pop, you roll up, hit the ground and pop back up," Kupp said of taking a hit. "Honestly, I didn't really realize I'd gone down. And it's like, 'Oh, yeah, my first time really being hit and being on the ground.' But it felt great. You get that first one out of the way, and you're good." This is just about the last step in Kupp's rehab. He continues to trend toward being a full-go come Week 1.
Rams HC Sean McVay said Friday that WR Cooper Kupp will be on the field for Saturday's initial training-camp practice. "He's going to be ready to go," McVay told ESPN's Lindsay Thiry. "We've got kind of basically a volume that we have targeted for each day of practice. He can partake in all the activities. We'll monitor him and pick and choose which periods he can be a full participant." Barring a setback with his repaired knee, Kupp should be in consideration for fantasy football drafts. There's no special value in his current WR25 ADP, though.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp will not be placed on the PUP list to open training camp, NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports. "His workload will be measured," Wyche adds. Kupp is now about 8-and-a-half months removed from his torn ACL. Being cleared to at least take part in some work this early is excellent news and puts him on track to be on the field come Week 1. Kupp ranked 15th among WRs in PPR points per game last year after finishing 25th in total PPR points as a rookie. He's been the 25th WR off the board in Draft.com best balls over the past 2 weeks.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp tells the team website, "I think I'm where I'm supposed to be" in his recovery from the November ACL tear and resulting surgery. Kupp recently got back on the field for running and agility drills, and a member of the training staff echoed his assessment of the process. We'll obviously need to keep an eye on Kupp through the offseason and then training camp, but he seems on track for the beginning of the 2019 season. That said, his current PlayDraft ADP or WR21 in the middle of Round 5 strikes us as a bit high.
Monday night's Chiefs-Rams game has been moved to Los Angeles. The game was originally scheduled for Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, but there were concerns about the field conditions there. Consider the move back to U.S. soil good news for both offenses -- especially the Rams playing at home.
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Rams WR Cooper Kupp tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. That ends his season and gives him about 10 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Kupp's absence moves Josh Reynolds back into the #3 WR role and puts him on the WR4 radar in fantasy football. He posted 1-19 and 3-42-2 lines while seeing 6 total targets in the 2 games Kupp missed earlier this season. We could also see expanded roles for TEs Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee -- although neither guy is a reliable fantasy option yet.
Former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Rams WR Cooper Kupp tore his left ACL in Sunday's game against the Seahawks. That’d be a season-ender. We should get confirmation within the next 24 hours. Josh Reynolds, who will step into the #3 WR role in 1 of the league's best offenses, is worth adding in most fantasy leagues. He posted 1-19 and 3-42-2 lines in the 2 games Kupp missed earlier this season.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp injured his left knee in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It's the same knee that he hurt back in Week 6. Kupp was in obvious pain this time and limped gingerly off the field with the help of a trainer. Josh Reynolds will step back into the #3 WR role if Kupp misses more time. Reynolds posted 1-19 and 3-42-2 lines in the 2 games Kupp missed earlier this year.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) practiced all week and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Saints and is a high-upside WR2 in that matchup.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Sean McVay said earlier this week that Kupp has a "good chance" to return for Sunday's showdown with the Saints. We'll continue to monitor his status.
Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that there's a "good chance" WR Cooper Kupp (knee) returns for this weekend's showdown with the Saints. He didn't practice last week but was listed as doubtful, rather than out. We'll track his progress this week. If he plays, Kupp will be right back to WR2 status in a plus matchup. He averaged 6 catches, 88 yards and 1 TD across the first 5 weeks of the season.
As expected, Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. He was listed as doubtful, so he might have a shot to be back for Week 9. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks will dominate Rams targets today and are strong fantasy plays. Josh Reynolds should again be close to an every-down player as the #3 WR and is an intriguing fantasy flier in a likely shootout.
The Rams have listed WR Cooper Kupp (knee) as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He didn’t practice all week and isn’t expected to play. That’ll again leave Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds as Los Angeles’ top 3 WRs.
Rams HC Sean McVay labeled WR Cooper Kupp (knee) "doubtful" for Week 8 on Wednesday. McVay added that Kupp is making "good progress," so a return for a big Week 9 game against the Saints seems possible. WR Josh Reynolds played 84% of the offensive snaps with Kupp sidelined last week but saw just 1 target.
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