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Pharoh Cooper expected to be Rams' punt returner

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  1. den-the-coach

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    Pharoh Cooper expected to be Rams' punt returner
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    Pharoh Cooper will take over returning punts from Tavon Austin, who has done the job the last four years. Javier Rojas/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

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      Alden GonzalezESPN Staff Writer
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Pharoh Cooper is expected to take over Tavon Austin's role as the Los Angeles Rams' punt returner, coach Sean McVay said after Wednesday's practice. The Rams were going to try out Cooper Kupp as well, but he already plays a big role in the offense and Cooper has been producing as a kickoff returner.

    Cooper ranks third in kickoff-return average, at 27.1 yards, but he also fumbled one of his NFL-leading 13 attempts. A fourth-round pick out of South Carolina last year, Cooper returned five punts as a rookie, totaling 5 yards. Austin has been returning the vast majority of punts for the Rams the last four years, averaging 8.9 yards and scoring three touchdowns, one shy of the NFL lead from 2013 to 2016.

    But Austin has muffed four punts this season, three of which gave possession to the opposing team. Austin muffed a punt Sunday, was replaced by Kupp, then tried again, muffed another and was ultimately replaced for good.

    "I know my situation," Austin said after Wednesday's practice. "I really believe I’m the best punt returner in the league; just gotta get rid of a couple problems I’m dealing with right now. But it’s going to be what it’s going to be. I’d rather come off than hurt this team."



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    #2 den-the-coach, Oct 12, 2017
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    As long as there are no issues moving forward I'm fine, I felt better if Cooper Kupp returned punts because I trust his hand more than Cooper's, however, I understand that Kupp is on the field more whereas Cooper plays more on special teams. Just catch the ball and go forward and all will be fine, that all I ask.
     
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    Good move Tavon needed a break and we can't have Kupp back there for punts and playing that many snaps on offense.
     
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    That's what I figured.

    Catching a high arcing ball with 250 lb guys rushing at you is not as easy as it looks.

    Cooper looks very confident doing it.

    Of course there are slight differences in punt and kickoff returns but I think the overall athleticism of Pharoh Cooper will fit well with punt returning.
     
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    Wow, 4 muffs in 5 games is atrocious. Austin will be out of the league in 2 or 3 years, IMO.
     
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    I don't know about all that but he definitely won't be playing here next year for 10 million dollars.
     
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    I was thinking he can practice with [​IMG]
     
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    Mehhhhhhh.

    Let Malcolm Brown do it.
     
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    Why not Justin Davis? I am sure he has been working on his hands. Or Malcolm Brown, and have Justin Davis play the TA role. And TA can spend most of the time infront of the jugs machine til he can catch 42mil balls...
     
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    P Cooper should do fine. Only a 4.7 career average in college but does have experience. He does get yards after first contact as a WR. He may not break a big one but can get some positive yards and not fumble that will be good.

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    Pharoh is a good choice. Don't want to risk Kupp getting injured on returns and Pharoh deserves more opportunities.
     
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    All hail the Pharoh!
     
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    To me, I always saw them as very different... but both very brave.

    The punt returner is standing back there, waiting... trying to figure out whether to fair catch or not. His eyes must have to dart back and forth between the coverage converging on him and the ball itself. Of the two, I'd say this is the most difficult.
    I hope Cooper picks this up quickly... like I said, it's got to be hard.

    But returning kick-offs requires reckless abandon... catch the ball and run as hard as you can toward huge players running as hard as they can toward you.

    I have great respect for the players who do both of these duties.
     
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    I wonder what Austin means when he says "just got to get rid of a few problems".
    I wonder if that's his technique or personal problems affecting his ability.
    I'm sure he commented on it being a mental thing so I just hope it doesn't dent his confidence by being pulled.
    It was, however, the right decision to replace him that position.
     
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    These days with the kick designed to go into the endzone, the kick returner also has to decide whether to run it up field or not.

    Punt returning also requires reckless abandon I would say as well.
     
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    I sure as heck don't wonder or even care.

    Everybody has problems but this guy gets a $750,000 paycheck for every game he plays plus the fact that he cost us an extra high draft pick.

    Get it together or get gone.
     
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    Cooper just needs to do 2 things to be a big upgrade over Tavon...

    1) Catch the damned ball.

    2) Run North and South.
     
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    Yeah, without a doubt.
    I just wonder what the issue is and where it lies.
    He saw a lot of action for one who made errors. It's a bit confusing.
     
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    Fair enough man.
    I didn't mean to sound harsh towards you I am just getting a little tired of the Tavon drama.