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.
Updating a previous report, Kupp (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Kupp is listed as questionable because he's probably healthy enough to play, but Rams head coach Sean McVay already said the rookie wideout will be held out, along with QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, LT Andrew Whitworth and C John Sullivan. McVay also said Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins won't play much, if at all, likely leaving Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper as the team's top receivers for the majority of Sunday's game. Kupp returned to practice Friday as a limited participant, putting himself on track to suit up for the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Kupp (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Kupp might actually be healthy enough to play, but the Rams obviously aren't going to take the risk when they already plan to rest a number of key players. Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper are primed for significant playing time alongside Sean Mannion on Sunday, while Kupp should be ready to return for the wild-card round of the playoffs.
|P4||8/30/18||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/18||@ OAK||10:20 pm|
|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||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|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||0||0||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||0||0||0||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||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|