THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was requested how he and huge receiver Cooper Kupp may presumably high their success from final season.
Stafford joked, “You can’t sit there and go, ‘Well, the only thing to do now is go for 2,500 yards and I’ll throw for 7,000. That’s unrealistic.”
But offensive coordinator Liam Coen is aware of one of many Rams’ offseason strikes couldn’t solely make this offense more harmful, however assist Kupp as properly. While Kupp and now-Rams huge receiver Allen Robinson II have been utilized in another way of their careers, each receivers are so versatile, Coen mentioned, the Rams can use variations of formations to maneuver each round to completely different spots and create favorable matchups.
“Getting Cooper [Kupp] on a nickel, getting Allen [Robinson] on a backer and then switching those guys,” Coen mentioned. “And vice versa. We think it will be difficult to defend and it was obviously difficult to defend [Kupp] over the last few years and having the kind of guys that we had. But given that diversity that Allen brings to us, I definitely think that it will present some challenges to the defense.”
Coen mentioned Robinson’s route tree is “extremely expanded from probably years ago, or maybe what we’ve had our other receivers do.”
“I mean, he can run a lot of routes that Cooper can, you know — some of those option routes and choice routes and things that we asked Cooper to do — because he just has an unbelievable ability to play underneath himself,” Coen mentioned.
Kupp had the most effective seasons a large receiver in historical past — profitable the receiving “triple crown” with 145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns — and did so operating 58% of his routes out of the slot, with Robert Woods or Odell Beckham Jr. enjoying reverse Van Jefferson on the skin. Still, Kupp was capable of stretch seams and break by for huge performs out of a place that is not identified for them.
Last season with the Chicago Bears, 37.4% of the routes Robinson ran have been within the slot. If the Rams are assured Robinson may take up among the duty on the within, it might give Kupp more room to sometimes function on the skin. Without Woods or Beckham — a minimum of to start out the season — there shall be a necessity for one other vertical risk reverse Jefferson.
While Robinson is able to doing that himself — he had 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2020 earlier than struggling by an illness- and harm-plagued 2021 — maybe Coen and coach Sean McVay get artistic, with Robinson and Kupp splitting that duty more than anticipated.
“He’s one of those bigger receivers that has body control of a smaller guy,” McVay mentioned. “I’ve said this before, I bet you he’s really good when you play pickup basketball because he can get parallel, he can double-up, he has great body control. He has great ball skills.”
Robinson, who signed a 3-12 months, $46 million contract with Los Angeles this offseason, spent the final 4 seasons with the Bears after breaking in with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The veteran receiver mentioned he spent the spring exercises shifting round and “learning the offense from many different spots on the field.”
“Now,” Robinson mentioned throughout OTAs, “it’s just about building chemistry and learning more so of the nuances of things.”
Stafford did not throw through the offseason program as he recovers from a proper elbow harm. Still, the quarterback mentioned, one profit to not with the ability to take part in each drill is he is had more time to speak to Robinson on the sidelines and between performs.
“I’ve been very, very impressed with his ability to grasp our offense, his role in our offense,” Stafford mentioned. “His understanding, even when he might miss something or mess something up, the reason is so sound on why he did something — he heard this and thought that, and I’m like, ‘That’s a great thought.’ It’s really productive growth for him in our offense.”
Coen mentioned aside from Robinson’s versatility, the receiver’s “unbelievable ability to double you up at the point of attack” stood out to him this spring.
“He really can work edges on you,” Coen mentioned. “Lean and press away from you at the top of the routes. He has really good details, both in the release game and at the top of the routes.”
Robinson mentioned he has already gotten numerous assist from Kupp, saying the pair is “always talking through those different things and really being very specific.” Last season, the Rams ranked seventh within the NFL in Football Outsiders’ passing DVOA. And though the Rams traded Woods and have not re-signed Beckham — a minimum of not but — Kupp mentioned it has been “great” to work with Robinson.
“It’s been so much fun to be able to collaborate with him,” Kupp mentioned. “There’s a lot of potential for us to be able to do some really special things, but we have to stack the blocks day-by-day and build into that.”