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    Jared Goff: Cooper Kupp 'looks really, really good' this offseason
    By: Cameron DaSilva | 3 hours ago

    Cooper Kupp has had a big impact on the Rams offense since being drafted in 2017. Unfortunately, he was limited to only eight games last season due to a torn ACL. He’s well on his way back to being 100 percent and is expected to be fully ready for the start of the season – great news for Jared Goff and the offense as a whole.

    Kupp participated in OTAs and minicamp this spring, though in a limited capacity. He’s been cleared for training camp and won’t begin on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which is great news.

    Goff threw with Kupp while the Rams were on summer break between OTAs and training camp and says the third-year wideout looks strong.

    “Very excited,” Goff said this week of Kupp’s return. “I think Sean (McVay) can talk further on where he’s at physically, but to me he looks really, really good. I’ve thrown with him a few times in the last month and looks strong, looks fast, looks physical. I know he’s ready to go, ready to start fresh and get this thing going.”

    Kupp said he “threw quite a bit” with his receivers this summer, hoping to build greater chemistry in advance of the upcoming season. Having Kupp back will be a huge benefit for him, given how often he relied on the Eastern Washington product in the slot.

    If Kupp is 100 percent for the start of the season as he’s expected to be, Goff will be a happy camper.

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    Kupp is such a vital component to the offense, and Goff's success. I'll be an ecstatic camper if he's 100% for the start of the season.


    • #3
      I will be even happier if he is still at 100 percent come the playoffs

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        Rams rookie coach Sean McVay is nonetheless reserving judgement.

        "Until you’re actually live as a quarterback, that’s when you truly get challenged," McVay said. "You’re having to move with the rush, avoid guys that can really tackle you. That’s always the best evaluator. I think he has done a nice job improving every single day, and that’s what’s going to give us a chance.”

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        His teammates have noticed more confidence, more conviction.

        "You can tell, especially just starting with the command of the offense, him being able to take that and control the huddle and get guys lined up, and keep that poise when things aren’t going well and when things are going well," said Higbee, Goff's roommate throughout training camp last year. "He looks good."

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        Carson Wentz got his from the Eagles. The latest reporting has Dak Prescott likely getting his from the Cowboys at some point during training camp.

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        A few weeks before he was due to report to training camp, Jared Goff went Hollywood.

        The Rams quarterback posted to Instagram a photo of himself and three friends standing in front of the iconic Hollywood sign. It was the ascending NFL star’s first time at the hillside landmark that celebrates a region awash in entertainment and sports celebrities.

        “Is this LA enough?” Goff wrote.

        Goff automatically joined the celebrity fraternity in 2016 when the Rams made him the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. But he proved star-worthy last year after rebounding from a shaky rookie season, leading the Rams to the NFC West title under first-year coach Sean McVay.

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        The Southland already includes sports stars such as Rams Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and recently acquired Manny Machado, the Angels’ Mike Trout and, of course, new Laker LeBron James.

        But NFL quarterbacks can achieve rarefied air if they deliver Super Bowl victories.

        Is Goff, 23, ready to make the city his own?

        “There’s so much that goes on in this city,” Goff said. “People want to label it ‘somebody’s.’ I don’t think it is anybody’s.”

        Then he laughs and reconsiders.

        “That guy [James] that just came into town — it might be his now.

        “We’re just trying to win football games, and if you do, there’s a lot of cool things that go along with being in L.A.”

        Goff, a Northern California native, passed on many of the off-the-field opportunities —movie premieres, lavish parties, etc… — that were offered during his first two seasons. He remains selective but is becoming more willing to embrace events.

        “I’ve become more comfortable with the city and understanding where things are and how long it takes to get places and all that,” he said during an interview before a question-and-answer session with business executives at an athletic club in Cheviot Hills. “At the same time, I don’t like to ever sacrifice training or anything that will help me be a better football player.”

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