When the Los Angeles Rams opened training camp over the weekend the team unveiled a preseason depth chart that featured a prominent rookie — Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp — in a starting position.
Named alongside Tavon Austin and Robert Woods, Kupp is listed among the three starting wide receivers for the Rams as the preseason gets underway.
Kupp was a third round selection, No. 69 overall, for the Rams in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his career at Eastern he accumulated 6,464 reciving yards on 428 receptions, totaling 73 touchdowns along the way. He impressed against strong competition, totaling 40 receptions for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns against Pac-12 competition in just four matchups.
At 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside. He's a strong route runner and can get up the field, too.
Los Angeles was second-to-last in the NFL last season averaging just 184 passing yards per game. They were last in the league with just 14 passing touchdowns. Their top two targets last year (Kenny Britt and Brian Quick) combined for just over 1,500 yards and 8 touchdowns, and their fourth leading receiver (TE Lane Kendricks) added 499 yards and two touchdowns.
All three of those players are no longer on the roster, with only Tavon Austin (third on the team with 509 yards and three touchdowns last year) returning among the receivers.
With the addition of former Bills receiver Robert Woods and third round pick Kupp, the Rams hope to give former No. 1 overall selection Jared Goff capable receiving threats this fall.