NFL: Pair of LA wide receivers crack NFL’s 2020 Top 100 list

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Cooper Kupp

In 2019, Cooper Kupp finally had the breakout season many in league circles believed he would have as a result of his role in Sean McVay’s offense as the scheme’s main slot receiver.

Injuries had plagued the Eastern Washington product’s ability to evolve as a reliable pass-catcher for quarterback Jared Goff in his first two seasons.

The former third-rounder really flashed his potential in 2018 over eight games, catching 40 passes for 566 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards/catch, before going down with a gruesome ACL tear that forced him to miss the rest of the season.

Had he been fully healthy in 2018, his pro-rated numbers over a 16 game season would have been 1,132 yards receiving with 12 touchdown catches.

That is astounding production for a typical receiver, let alone a slot man like Kupp.

Kupp did manage reach the 1,000 yard receiving plateau in 2019, totaling 1,161 yards on 94 catches with 10 receiving touchdowns.

All of those figures were career-highs, and all were attained as a result of finally playing the full 16 games.

It makes sense, therefore, that the former third-round pick would crack the top-100 list for 2020.

89 seems like a fair enough ranking as well, given that we’ve seen what Kupp is capable of doing on the field, while also taking into account his lack of durability since entering the league.

Producing in future seasons like he did in 2019 will only vault Kupp up these types of lists going forward.