Someone else in the Los Angeles Rams wide receiver room will snatch the bulk of the receptions and yardage on Sunday, November 20 down in New Orleans.

But the burning questions moving forward: Who can help replace top option Cooper Kupp? And will the Rams pivot to whoever is team-less and available on the free agent market?

Heavy NFL senior reporter Matt Lombardo helped dive into the theory of who fills for the team’s top wideout and the league’s leader in all three major receiving categories from a season ago in his Friday, November 18 mailbag session.

Rams ‘Content’ in Turning to 2 Names

The Rams are definitely in a position few fans and media pundits never envisioned they’d be in.

“The Los Angeles Rams are in the unenviable position of holding up the rear in the NFC West, with a banged-up Matthew Stafford,” Lombardo first wrote.

A popular choice continues to be a former Ram from the Super Bowl 56 squad. Lombardo, however, doesn’t see OBJ making an impact on the Rams that mirrors his 2021 run.

“And even if Odell Beckham Jr. has L.A. high on his list of potential destinations, he’s likely not going to make the kind of immediate impact Sean McVay’s team needs him to just to make a push to qualify for the postseason,” Lombardo wrote. “Los Angeles, at 3-6, is at a bit of a crossroads. Especially after Kupp’s injury in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals.”

So is free agency the motive for general manager Les Snead, Sean McVay and company? Lombardo, through multiple conversations with league sources, says the Rams have two options they’re “content” with using to fill for Kupp — who are non-free agents.

“It doesn’t sound, from conversations Heavy had with multiple agents who represent the top wide receivers currently available in free agency, as if the Rams are placing calls at the top of the market,” Lombardo said. “The belief among league sources is the Rams are content to elevate either Austin Trammell or Jacob Harris from the practice squad.”

Both are Group of 5 Options Who Could Offset Kupp’s Absence

So it’s not looking like OBJ, or even free agents T.Y. Hilton or Mohamed Sanu to replace Kupp.

But the Rams have two wideouts who have already worked alongside Kupp and understand McVay and Coen’s play-calling. One of them is capable of filling …read more



Rams ‘Content’ on 2 WR Options to Fill for Cooper Kupp: Sources

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