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Cooper Kupp Aims to Reclaim Stardom After Injury Woes

Cooper Kupp’s health has been a question mark the last two seasons. Prior to that, he was the 2021 best NFL wide receiver and won the Super Bowl.

Can he regain his top spot in 2024? We will delve into the possibilities along with what his head coach and other insiders are saying about his potential rise back to the top receiver spot.

The 2021 season could not have gone any better for the former Easter Washington wide receiver. Not only did Kupp win a Super Bowl, he was also the Super Bowl MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, a First-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection, was the NFL’s reception leader, receiving yards leader, and receiving touchdown leader.

The dominance in 2021 should not go unnoticed; however, over the last two seasons, Kupp’s health has taken a massive turn for the worse. He has found himself in a few tough positions, and he has missed a multitude of football games as a result.

While Kupp is 31-years-old and heading into his eighth NFL season, he has carved up an impressive career for a former third-round selection who came from a small college. Kupp will aim to reclaim his stardom and explosive playmaking abilities this season as he and the Rams hope to implement him fully back within the offense.

The addition of second-year receiver Puka Nacua, who had an impressive rookie campaign, could mean opposing defenses are less likely to double-team Kupp this season. This could provide him with similar numbers to his 2021 season which he finished with 1,947 total receiving yards, 16 touchdowns in the regular season. He also added an additional 478 receiving yards and six touchdowns in the postseason, giving him an over 2,000 yard total season and 22 total touchdowns.

Recently, ESPN posted their surprise standout players during OTAs and minicamps and the aging Kupp made the list. Reporter Sarah Barshop discussed why she believes he is in for a breakout season if he stays healthy and just how appreciative Rams head coach Sean McVay has shown toward Kupp and his rehabbing process.

It might seem odd to consider Kupp as a surprise offseason standout, but the 2021 receiving triple-crown winner has played through significant injuries the past two seasons. Kupp finished last season with 59 catches for 737 yards and five touchdowns, his fewest receiving yards since 2018 when he played in just eight games. But Kupp is heathy this spring, and it’s showing up on the practice field. Rams head coach Sean McVay said during OTAs that he doesn’t think “anyone really understands the amount of things [Kupp was] working through last season” with his injury and that the receiver has been able to build his body “from the ground up.” 

Can Kupp Return to Dominance in 2024? 

The short answer is yes. As long as McVay is still the head coach and play caller, the Rams offensively have a chance in every single game, regardless of their defense.

With the newest offensive addition of Puka Nacua, double teams and bracket coverage on Kupp will be non existent. The 2021 season was beyond impressive because teams knew he was getting the ball and still could not stop him.

I strongly believe that if Kupp can stay healthy in 2024, he will reach 1,500 yards receiving and reclaim his stardom as the NFL’s top offensive player.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Do you think that Kupp can reclaim his dominance? or… Do you think he is aging too much and his best years are behind him?


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