Stafford joked, “You’ll be able to’t sit there and go, ‘Properly, the one factor to do now could be go for two,500 yards and I am going to throw for 7,000. That is unrealistic.”
However offensive coordinator Liam Coen is aware of one of many Rams’ offseason strikes couldn’t solely make this offense extra harmful, however assist Kupp as effectively. Whereas Kupp and now-Rams vast receiver Allen Robinson II have been utilized in another way of their careers, each receivers are so versatile, Coen stated, 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 after which switching these guys,” Coen stated. “And vice versa. We expect it will likely be tough to defend and it was clearly tough to defend [Kupp] over the previous few years and having the type of guys that we had. However provided that range that Allen brings to us, I undoubtedly assume that it’s going to current some challenges to the protection.”
Coen stated Robinson’s route tree is “extraordinarily expanded from most likely years in the past, or possibly what we have had our different receivers do.”
“I imply, he can run numerous routes that Cooper can, you understand — a few of these choice routes and selection routes and issues that we requested Cooper to do — as a result of he simply has an unbelievable means to play beneath himself,” Coen stated.
Kupp had probably the greatest seasons a large receiver in historical past — successful 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. taking part in reverse Van Jefferson on the skin. Nonetheless, Kupp was in a position to stretch seams and break via for giant performs out of a place that he’s not recognized for them.
Final season with the Chicago Bears, 37.4% of the routes Robinson ran had been within the slot. If the Rams are assured Robinson might take up a few of the duty on the within, it will give Kupp extra room to sometimes function on the skin. With out Woods or Beckham — a minimum of to begin the season — there will likely be a necessity for one more vertical risk reverse Jefferson.
Whereas Robinson is able to doing that himself — he had 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2020 earlier than struggling via an illness- and injury-plagued 2021 — maybe Coen and coach Sean McVay get inventive, with Robinson and Kupp splitting that duty greater than anticipated.
“He is a kind of greater receivers that has physique management of a smaller man,” McVay stated. “I’ve stated this earlier than, I guess you he is actually good once you play pickup basketball as a result of he can get parallel, he can double-up, he has nice physique management. He has nice ball expertise.”
Robinson, who signed a three-year, $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 stated he spent the spring exercises transferring round and “studying the offense from many alternative spots on the sphere.”
“Now,” Robinson stated throughout OTAs, “it is nearly constructing chemistry and studying extra so of the nuances of issues.”
Stafford did not throw in the course of the offseason program as he recovers from a proper elbow harm. Nonetheless, the quarterback stated, one profit to not having the ability to take part in each drill is he is had extra time to speak to Robinson on the sidelines and between performs.
“I have been very, very impressed together with his means to understand our offense, his position in our offense,” Stafford stated. “His understanding of him, even when he may miss one thing or mess one thing up, the reason being so sound on why he did one thing – he heard this and thought that, and I am like, ‘That is a fantastic thought.’ It is actually productive development for him on our offense.”
Coen stated apart from Robinson’s versatility, the receiver’s “unbelievable means to double you up on the level of assault” stood out to him this spring.
“He actually can work edges on you,” Coen stated. “Lean and press away from you on the prime of the routes. He has actually good particulars, each within the launch recreation and on the prime of the routes.”
Robinson stated he has already gotten numerous assist from Kupp, saying the pair is “at all times speaking via these various things and actually being very particular.” Final season, the Rams ranked seventh within the NFL in Soccer Outsiders’ passing DVOA. And though the Rams traded Woods and have not re-signed Beckham — a minimum of not but — Kupp stated it has been “nice” to work with Robinson.
“It has been a lot enjoyable to have the ability to collaborate with him,” Kupp stated. “There’s numerous potential for us to have the ability to do some actually particular issues, however we’ve got to stack the blocks day-by-day and construct into that.”