The Rams finished last week’s game short on healthy wide receivers, but both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are on track to play this week.
Sean McVay is a brilliant play-caller and Jared Goff is a talented quarterback, but neither wants to play a game short on talented wide receivers. That’s why the Los Angeles Rams are happy to report that both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp stand a good chance to play this Sunday against the Broncos.
Neither wideout is a lock to play, but according to sources in Los Angeles, both took part in Wednesday’s walkthrough. That’s generally a good indication that a player’s health is trending in the right direction. Both receivers remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but McVay is optimistic about his chances of getting them both back this weekend.
In all honesty, the Rams shouldn’t need both stars to play to get past Denver. The Broncos defense doesn’t dominate opponents any longer, so a heavy dose of Todd Gurley on the ground plus some play action passes from Goff should be more than enough to light the scoreboard up against Vance Joseph’s team.
That means the Rams should err on the side of caution when it comes to both players. The only way either Cooks or Kupp should see the field this weekend is if they look to be fully recovered from their respective concussions. McVay and company should not take any chances with their dynamic wideouts.
This news also bodes well for fantasy owners with either player on their roster. Both Kupp and Crooks are must starts given the way the Rams offense is functioning at the moment. The optimism surrounding their availability for Sunday should prevent owners from making any moves at the wide receiver position. The right plan is to monitor their status as the week goes on before heading to the waiver wire for potential replacements.
In sum, any Broncos fans hoping to take on the Rams at less than full strength this weekend are likely headed for disappointment. The duo of Cooks and Kupp should both be tormenting their defensive backs on Sunday. Denver fans need to hope for a big time pass rush if they want to keep the Rams attack under wraps.