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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #18
Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #18
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Cooper Kupp News

Set for usual role

Kupp is locked into a starring role in the Rams offense with Sunday's season opener against the Bears imminent, J.B. Long of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Kupp has had months to develop a rapport with new quarterback Matthew Stafford since his trade to L.A. on Jan. 30, but the context around the Rams' skill positions has changed since the offseason program. First and foremost, running back Cam Akers tore his Achilles while getting ready for training camp, taking away a key cog of the offense. Darrell Henderson remains the top option out of the backfield, with trade acquisition Sony Michel backing him up. Meanwhile, in the receiving corps, WR Robert Woods and TE Tyler Higbee are entrenched in the starting lineup, with 2020 second-round pick Van Jefferson, veteran DeSean Jackson and 2021 second-rounder Tutu Atwell rounding out the group of wideouts. Kupp nonetheless is in store for his usual high-volume role (8.3 targets per game the past two seasons) with an upgrade under center and a less explosive running game.

Sep 10, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Rams could add receiver in draft

While Kupp's position on the depth chart is secure, Los Angeles could select a wide receiver in the upcoming 2021 NHL Draft, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: With the expected quarterback upgrade following the offseason acquisition of Matthew Stafford, Kupp projects to have another rock-solid fantasy showing. He's recorded 186 receptions, 2,135 yards and 13 touchdowns through 31 games over the past two years and should again be one of the most reliable fantasy receivers in 2021.

Apr 23, 2021 7:42 AM EST

Inactive Saturday

Kupp (knee) is inactive for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game versus the Packers, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: With Kupp (who led the Rams with 92 catches for 974 yards in 15 games this past season) unavailable against Green Bay, look for Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson to see added opportunities in the team's passing attack Saturday alongside Robert Woods.

Jan 16, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Game-time decision

Kupp (knee) is considered a "true game-time decision" for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game in Green Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter notes that Kupp, who didn't practice this past week, is dealing with bursitis in his knee and a call on the receiver's status for the contest isn't expected to be made until pre-game warmups in advance of Saturday's 4:35 ET kickoff. Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site previously reported that coach Sean McVay indicated Wednesday that Kupp could still suit up against Green Bay without practicing.

Jan 16, 2021 5:47 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Kupp (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Green Bay, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Kupp played through the same injury last week, catching four of nine targets for 78 yards while playing 86 percent of offensive snaps in the 30-20 win over Seattle. He appears on track to play again, with coach Sean McVay noting Wednesday that he expects the wide receiver to be ready by Sunday.

Jan 14, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Progressing through knee injury

Coach Sean McVay said Kupp is "progressing" through bursitis in his knee, and while the wide receiver may not practice this week, there's a good chance he's "ready" for Saturday's divisional-round game in Green Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kupp picked up the injury this past Saturday at Seattle and hasn't stepped foot on the field this week. McVay implied that Kupp may not have to in order to suit up Saturday, but he still has one more chance to practice before the Rams give him a designation for the game.

Jan 13, 2021 3:41 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Kupp (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kupp has yet to practice as he recovers from a diagnosis of bursitis in his knee, which he sustained during the Rams' wild-card win at Seattle. There's an expectation from the team that he'll be able to suit up for Saturday's divisional-round game in Green Bay, but he may have to do so without any practice reps. Thursday's injury report will reveal whether or not Kupp fit in some on-field work this week.

Jan 13, 2021 3:19 PM EST

No activity Tuesday

Kupp (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated injury report.

Analysis: Kupp limped off the field in the fourth quarter of this past Saturday's wild-card win at Seattle and didn't return. Initially, he was believed to have suffered a bone bruise in his knee, but coach Sean McVay clarified the injury Sunday, calling it bursitis, per Stu. McVay expects Kupp to suit up for Saturday's divisional-round game in Green Bay, but he likely will want to see the wide receiver on the field in some capacity before week's end.

Jan 12, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Expected to play

Kupp (knee) has bursitis in his knee but is expected to play in the NFC divisional round against the Packers, per coach Sean McVay, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Kupp is listed as day-to-day, but it looks like Rams fans can breathe a sigh of relief after watching the standout slot receiver exit late in Saturday's win over the Seahawks. While his reps in practice might be capped this week, Kupp has avoided a serious knee injury.

Jan 10, 2021 6:19 PM EST

Encouraging injury news

Kupp is expected to be fine after suffering a knee contusion during Saturday's wild-card win over the Seahawks, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It was initially believed to be a non-contact injury, so this is a relief for the Rams as they prepare for the NFC divisional round. While it's not a serious injury, the Rams likely will monitor Kupp closely during the practice week. Kupp finished Saturday's game with four receptions for 78 yards.

Jan 9, 2021 5:57 PM EST

Limps off late

Kupp went to the locker room late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's unclear exactly what Kupp is dealing with, but it's apparently a non-contact injury. Prior to his exit, Kupp was leading the Rams with 78 yards on four receptions. The Rams should close out this game and move onto the NFC divisional round, but Kupp's status moving forward is uncertain.

Jan 9, 2021 5:09 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

The Rams activated Kupp (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kupp was forced to miss the Rams' regular-season finale against the Cardinals after testing positive for COVID-19, but he'll be available for Saturday's wild-card matchup in Seattle. It still remains unclear whether Kupp will catch passes from Jared Goff (thumb) or John Wolford, however. Goff is reportedly considered a game-time decision, so the final word on Los Angeles' quarterback position may come down to the wire.

Jan 6, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Expected to practice Wednesday

Head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that Kupp is expected to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Barring a setback, Kupp will participate in Wednesday's practice, preparing for Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks. It remains unclear whether quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) will be back in the fold or if John Wolford will start again. Goff has been throwing at practice and is considered a game-time decision.

Jan 5, 2021 3:23 PM EST

Confirmed at out for Week 17

Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed Kupp (illness) wouldn't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: After he was revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Kupp was facing an uphill battle to clear all health-related protocols ahead of the regular-season finale. As a result, the Rams' decision to officially rule Kupp out for the contest comes as little surprise, and it now sets Van Jefferson up to fill a starting role at receiver alongside Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds. The Rams will hope that Kupp can gain clearance in time for a potential wild-card playoff game Jan. 9 or 10, should Los Angeles punch its ticket to the postseason with a win over the Cardinals or a Bears loss to the Packers.

Jan 1, 2021 1:03 PM EST

Unlikely to play Week 17

Coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that Kupp (illness) is "probably not likely to be available for us" Sunday against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: The Rams placed Kupp on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network revealed Wednesday that the move was made because the wide receiver tested positive. League protocols ensure Kupp won't be able to recover in time for a key Week 17 matchup, one that will help in determining the team's postseason fate. L.A. also will be without Jared Goff (thumb) on Sunday, meaning John Wolford will be throwing passes to Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson.

Dec 30, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Not in line to play Sunday

Kupp (illness), who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, won't be available for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Rapoport, Kupp's placement on the list was the result of a positive test. With starting QB Jared Goff (thumb) also out, John Wolford is slated to throw to a Week 17 wideout corps that will be led by Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson.

Dec 30, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Goes on COVID-19 list

The Rams placed Kupp (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Stu Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Jackson noted that the Rams are prohibited by league rules from revealing whether a player tested positive for COVID-19 or merely was a close contact of someone who tested positive. In any case, Kupp's status for Sunday's key matchup against the Cardinals now is in question.

Dec 29, 2020 1:05 PM EST

Make eight catches vs. Seahawks

Kupp caught eight of nine targets for 66 yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Kupp led the team in targets and receiving yards, though his average of 8.3 yards per catch left a lot to be desired. While the yardage output was actually a notable improvement from the last two games, during which Kupp totaled 72 yards on 10 catches, his numbers are clearly suffering as Jared Goff (thumb) continues to struggle under center. He has an inviting matchup with the Cardinals waiting for him next Sunday, but his recent form suggests he could fail to take full advantage, and especially so if Goff is limited by injury.

Dec 27, 2020 7:06 PM EST

Grounded by Jets

Kupp caught all five of his targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: It's been an up-and-down campaign for Kupp. He's failed to top 50 receiving yards in three of the past four games and has also only gone over the century mark three times all year. Additionally, after 10 touchdown receptions last season, the fourth-year wideout has only three scores in 2020. The Rams aren't airing it out as often, and their improved defense and running game have limited Kupp's role in the offense. It's also worth noting that he was held to just five catches for 50 yards during Los Angeles' Week 10 win over Seattle. While Kupp probably shouldn't be viewed as a must-start receiver in the upcoming matchup against the Seahawks, he still offers a respectable floor with plenty of upside.

Dec 21, 2020 9:07 AM EST

Boosts performance with TD

Kupp brought in all five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 24-3 win over the Patriots on Thursday.

Analysis: Jared Goff put the ball up just 25 times and averaged 5.5 yards per attempt, so no Rams pass catcher enjoyed a fruitful night on the stat sheet. However, Kupp was able to give his overall fantasy production a nice boost late with a two-yard touchdown grab late in the third quarter that closed out the scoring on the night for either club. The trip to the end zone was Kupp's first since Week 4 against the Giants, while his yardage tally qualified as his sparsest since a Sunday night loss to the 49ers a week later. The Eastern Washington product will look to compile as much of the 131 yards he needs to achieve his second straight 1,000-yard campaign when he seesthe vulnerable Jets secondary in a Week 15 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Dec 10, 2020 8:49 PM EST

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