EFE).- The Los Angeles Rams have in their receiver Copper Kupp, winner of the triple crown, the most decisive player of the season to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI next Sunday.
The wide receiver comes into the NFL championship matchup in his prime.
At 28 years old, this season he became the fourth receiver in history to win the so-called triple crown by being the leader in receptions, 145; yards, 1,947; and scoring, 16. Kupp joined legends like Jerry Rice, considered the best receiver in NFL history, who got it in 1990 with the 49ers; Sterling Sharpe, who did it in 1992 with the Packers; and to the player of the Panthers, Steve Smith, 2005.
Rams coach Sean McVay acknowledged a couple of weeks ago that without the influence of the owner of the No. 10 jersey, the Rams would not have made it to the Super Bowl.
“He is just a special player, he has competitive greatness; with him there are only great catches, after great catches. He is competing in the running game. He does many things. We would have no chance of being here today without Cooper,” McVay agreed.
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Much of the offensive repertoire that Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford has is in the hands of Cooper Kupp.
Among the nine receivers who caught a touchdown pass for the Rams in the regular season and postseason, the Yakima, Washington, native caught 20, to only six by Odell Beckham and Van Jefferson, and five by Tyler Higbee, who followed him in TD .
In addition to leading the league in yards, touchdowns and receptions, Kupp led the league in yards gained after receiving with 846, in number of first downs his receptions generated with 89, and did not suffer a fumble.
His numbers propelled the Rams’ passing offense to be fifth in the NFL; a fact that contrasts with the strength of his rushing attack, number 25 among 32 teams, and thirtieth in rushing goals with 10.
Cooper Kupp came to the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 2017 Draft and immediately showed his potential alongside then-time quarterback Jared Goff.
In his first season he added 869 yards and five touchdowns. His path to playing in his first Super Bowl was halted by an ACL injury in 2018.
The NFL championship game was lost by the Rams to the Patriots 13-3 without the receiver’s offensive contribution. Kupp maintained its upward trend in 2019 and 2020; he exploded in the 2021 regular season as the best receiver, an achievement that extended to the playoffs as the leader in yards with 386 and receptions, 25.
His influence on Los Angeles’ offensive game was suffered by the Cardinals in the wild card round, the Buccanners in the divisional phase and the 49ers in the NFC final.
In Super Bowl LVI on February 13 at SoFi Stadium, the Rams will face the Bengals and their 26th-ranked pass defense, an opportunity for Cooper Kupp to show how instrumental he can be in helping his team lift the lombardy trophy
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Rams have Cooper Kupp decisive to win the Super Bowl