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Rams receiver Cooper Kupp ready to impress entering contract year

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES--To prepare for training camp, Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp performed a variety of exercises and drills so that he could report in top shape.

Climbing fences to find usable turf for workouts during a COVID-19 pandemic became part of his regimen.

"Getting kicked off just about every field here in Thousand Oaks, which was fun," Kupp told reporters Friday during a video conference.

Kupp apparently got his work in. As he prepares for his fourth season, he said, "I'm exactly where I want to be."

Kupp, 27, came back from 2018 knee surgery and caught a team-best 94 passes for 1,164 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. For the first time since the Rams selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft, league peers voted him among the NFL's Top 100 players in an annual poll conducted by the NFL Network. Kupp was No. 89.

"Since he came back from his injury, he came back determined, very strong -- stronger than before," Rams receiver Robert Woods said. "This whole offseason, you've seen him grinding and putting in the work."

 

Kupp is one of several Rams players entering the final year of their rookie contracts. Others are star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, receiver Josh Reynolds, tight end Gerald Everett and safety John Johnson.

Ramsey is a three-time Pro Bowl player for whom the Rams traded two first-round draft picks last October. His situation is expected to be the Rams' main contract focus going into the Sept. 13 opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

As a proven performer in coach Sean McVay's offense, Kupp also warrants attention.

"Well, we haven't had any conversations so far," Kupp said when asked about his contract status, adding that he was letting his agent handle it.

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