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Rams receiver Cooper Kupp ready to impress entering contract year

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

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"I love it here," he said. "I don't want to go anywhere."

Kupp and quarterback Jared Goff are represented by the same company that also counts Brandin Cooks as a client. In 2018, the Rams gave Cooks an $81-million extension that included $50 million in guarantees. Cooks was traded to the Houston Texans in March.

That leaves Kupp and Woods as established starters, with Reynolds stepping in for Cooks. The Rams drafted receiver Van Jefferson in the second round, and the rookie could find immediate playing time in a rotational role.

"I've been running routes with him a few times and just picked his brain and answer questions he had," Kupp said. "I think he's going to be a really great football player."

Rams receivers could take on a larger role this season as McVay attempts fill the void left by the release of star running back Todd Gurley and the Cooks trade.

Kevin O'Connell was hired as offensive coordinator, and though it has only been a few days of training camp walk-throughs, Kupp said the new coach already has made an impression.

"Just the knowledge that he has and his willingness to share and talk through these things with you -- I think he's going to be just an incredible asset," Kupp said.

The Rams have another week of training camp acclimation before they practice for the first time Aug. 18.

 

Players are navigating the COVID-19 protocols, Kupp said.

"It definitely took a day or two to adjust to it, just what the new normal is and just kind of embracing the weird of it," he said. "Once we've kind of (did) that, you just say, 'Well, this is the way it is.' You just go and you just do it.

"You adapt."

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