Kupp caught each of his six targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Cardinals.
Kupp ranks third on the team with 15 targets through two weeks, sitting slightly behind Robert Woods (18) and Brandin Cooks (15) in an offense that doesn't direct many looks to tight ends. Half of Kupp's targets in Sunday's contest came in the red zone, and he also had a carry near the goal line wiped out by a holding penalty. He gets more high-value opportunities than a typical slot receiver, though the vast majority of his targets do come on short or intermediate passes. Kupp will do battle with a talented Chargers secondary in a Week 3 home game.
Kupp may have already played his last preseason action for the Rams with only one week remaining before the regular season fires up. He's slated to serve as the team's slot receiver once again in 2018, coming off a rookie campaign during which he racked up 62 grabs for 869 yards and five touchdowns on 94 targets.
Kupp is part of a deep receiving corps that also includes Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds, Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas, ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry reports.
Reynolds, Cooper and Thomas had a few nice moments, but there's no question Cooks and Woods will be the starters outside, with Kupp locked in as the slot man for an offense that had three or more wideouts on the field for a league-high 84 percent of its snaps last season. Cooks figures to see more passes than Sammy Watkins did, but there should still be plenty of opportunity for both Woods and Kupp, considering tight ends accounted for only 17 percent of the team's targets in 2017. While a breakout season from Tyler Higbee or Gerald Everett might change things, it appears coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff will focus on getting the ball to the trio of starting wide receivers and RB Todd Gurley.
Kupp caught eight of 13 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
The rookie finished the regular season with 62 receptions, 869 yards and five touchdowns, and he was heavily involved in the passing attack again Saturday. Los Angeles turned the ball over twice on returns in the first quarter, so the offensive gameplan was disrupted early, and Kupp benefited from head coach Sean McVay leaning on the passing attack in an attempt to keep this game close. Kupp showcased upside as both a possession receiver and a red-zone target throughout his debut campaign, and he projects to remain a key cog in the offense heading into the 2018 season.
The Rams didn't give any indication they'd risk the health of one of their starting wideouts, especially in a game in which Jared Goff and Todd Gurley (coach's decision - inactive) aren't taking the field. Meanwhile, Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins also didn't land on the inactive list, but the snap counts for the trio are expected to be minimal, at best. Such a reality should allow Josh Reynolds, Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper and perhaps even Mike Thomas to get in the act with backup QB Sean Mannion.
|5||10/7/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||6||62||869||14.0||64||5||12||2||42|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||3||15||186||12.4||53||2||2||1||8|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||6||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||3||3||13||4.3||12||0||0||2|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||6||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||3||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||0||2||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||1||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|