Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Cooper Kupp raves about Rams’ Journeyman WR

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The Los Angeles Rams bounced back from an opening night loss by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 31-27 in a home game at SoFi Stadium.

The first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills was frustrating, but Sean McVay’s team bounced back with a solid win, though the Falcons almost came back and stunned the reigning Super Bowl champion.

After the game, Rams star wide receiver Cooper Kupp gushed about one of the hidden treasures on the roster and a journeyman WR who has proven to be a capable weapon on this loaded offense.

Brandon Powell was included in the 53-man tally as one of seven wide receivers. With Van Jefferson injured and no clear third option in the WR room, the Rams have given others an opportunity to improve.

After the Week 2 win against the Falcons, Kupp made high-pitched remarks about Powell (h/t Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic).

“He deserves to be on the football field. He’s such a good footballer. They want to find ways to get the ball in his hands. I love BP, I love having him in the group.”

The Rams have certainly tried to involve Powell more often, although the stats don’t exactly show it. He only had one catch for six yards, but Sean McVay was clearly trying to give him more offensive run.

In Week 1, Powell had a carry and a catch, passing Cam Akers on the floor. On his Week 2 line, Powell had a carry for -26 yards, although he ran the ball into the back endzone to be sure he was running down as much time as possible.

Given the uncertainty in the Rams’ post-Kupp and Allen Robinson WR space, they appear inclined to include Powell more. He also played in the backfield in the game against Atlanta.

It’s been quite a journey for Powell. WR, 27, is in his second season with the Rams. He wasn’t drafted from Florida in 2018 and has bounced around ever since. These include stops with the Detroit Lions, Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and now LA.

The highlight of his career was a 61-yard punt return touchdown in December last season.

In Week 2, Powell’s career totals are low: just 24 catches for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns — both with the Falcons. But maybe he’ll get more committed to LA this season.

McVay has already been trying to find ways to get his hands on the ball and Jefferson and Lance McCutcheon have both been inactive again, meaning Powell should climb further up the depth chart if things continue like this.

The Rams have a tough NFC West battle with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, but so far McVay seems determined to get more touches into Powell. Plus, every time you get a few words of encouragement from a talent like Kupp, you know things are going well.

The Rams may have found hidden treasure in Brandon Powell.

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