Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins give Rams much-needed boost in victory
By Ryan Kartje
LOS ANGELES — Cooper Kupp had just made the biggest mistake of his young career, a moment that might leave most rookies drowning in their own self-doubt. Even he admitted how easy it might’ve been to wallow in the disappointment of his goal-line fumble against the Vikings or the late pass that slipped through his fingers.
His entire life, he’d been hard on himself in these moments. Against Seattle this season, he’d been mere inches away from a game-winning catch, and after, the misery of that missed opportunity was written all over his face.
“You can get down on yourself pretty quickly, I think, when things aren’t going your way,” Kupp said.
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But now, there was no time to dwell. Not with No. 1 wideout Robert Woods out injured. Not with the red-hot Saints coming to town. The Rams needed him, and in the seven days since his rough road performance, Kupp made it clear that he would not let them down. Instead, in a 26-20 statement victory over the Saints, he put together the best game of his already impressive rookie season.
“There was no doubt that he was going to respond in the right way,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.
McVay could see that maturity early on, when the Rams first interviewed Kupp at the NFL Scouting Combine last February. At one point, he leaned over to wide receivers coach Eric Yarber and joked that he was “lucky that (Kupp) doesn’t want to coach” because Yarber “might not have a job.” When Kupp struggled last week, no one considered that his confidence might be shaken.
“I knew that Cooper was hungry for this all week,” offensive guard Rodger Saffold added. “Sometimes, when you go through […]