Cooper Kupp

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SWAdude

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That's why we want him back there, saved the Rams from awful field position.
Yes.

Big punt returns are exciting but rarely win games.

Good hands and field position will win more games.

Chess with gladiators makes this game so much fun for me!

Kupp's big contract should not put him in bubble wrap. I am excited to see the chance for him to run one back to see what he has on that new level for us. Running unprotected across the field on a pass play is far more risky than a punt return IMO. Ask Brandon Cooks. :oops:
 

FrantikRam

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That's why we want him back there, saved the Rams from awful field position.
I think this is the main reason. Last year, Natson and then Webster both failed to run up and field punts that cost 20+ yards of field position on multiple occasions. I wouldn't be surprised if McVay reviewed every punt and calculated that just fair catching - but actually fielding - every punt would be a net gain for field position over having a more dynamic returner.

And, let's be honest - Kupp is actually our best open field runner anyways - so if he does decide to return some, it'll probably result in better field position from that perspective too.
 

Deac

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Not thrilled about injury potential, but......we have done pretty well in the past with Leroy Irvin and Henry Ellard leading the league in punt returns while being full time starters as well. As long as he doesn't turn into Todd " I will never ever Fair Catch in my life, despite incoming certain death" Kinchen, he should be fine.
 
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Ram65

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The Rams got pumped up when Natson had a good return. He had good ones in the first 3-4 games last year alone. They seem to score every time he did. A good punt return can fire up an offense. I'm sure that's why the Rams picked up https://www.therams.com/team/players-roster/raymond-calais


Having Kupp take over the return/fair catch duties was a smart move considering the Dallas punter was getting great hang time and McVay was playing the conservative ball control defensive game. Moving forward the Rams need a shore handed punt returner that can also make plays when available. The Rams need to do a better job of containing opposing gunners to give space for returns. Save Kupp to turn third down catches into first downs.
 

TexasRam

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It probably will save lots of field position to have Kupp back there. He's like an Einstein compared to half of the guys out there. I do worry about injury though, so for that reason I would probably only use him in critical games such as playoffs or possibly division games.
 

Dz1

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If there's 1 player who's on the field I won't worry about it is Kupp.

PS need to throw AD in there lol.
 
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