The 2018 Los Angeles Rams feature two 1,000-yard receivers in a season for the first time since the Greatest Show on Turf era.
Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks have not only been key pieces in this season’s explosive offense, but they have provided Jared Goff reliable route-running and clutch catches from the beginning.
Now with two games still to play in the regular season and the Rams headed for the playoffs, Woods and Cooks have earned themselves what every NFL receive aspires to: 1,000+ yards receiving.
Robert Woods literally returned to his old stomping grounds when the Rams signed him during the 2017 offseason. He moved home to Los Angeles, and he even found himself returning to his collegiate home-field in the L.A. Coliseum where he was the star receiver for USC. It’s nothing short of appropriate that he accomplished his first 1,000 yard season.
Brandin Cooks has bounced around the the NFL since the New Orleans Saints selected him with the 20th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s moved from team to team despite his speed and high productivity. It appears that Cooks has finally found a permanent home with the Rams.
The Rams sent a first and a sixth round pick in the 2018 draft to the New England Patriots for Cooks and a fourth round pick. It proved to be a great move by the Rams as Cooks quickly became a reliable target for Jared Goff. He consistently stretches the field and makes plays out of almost anything thrown his way.
It doesn’t feel right to discuss the milestone accomplished by these Rams receivers this season without mentioning Cooper Kupp. With Kupp’s year being cut short with a season-ending injury, it begs the question. If he were still on the field, would the Rams have finished finish with three 1,000-yard receivers?
The team (especially Goff) and fans alike miss him. There have been many receiving duos in NFL history. With Kupp, Woods and Cooks, the Rams have arguably the best receiving trio in the NFL. Hopefully, Kupp recovers quickly and returns to old form next season.
Meanwhile, Josh Reynolds has done a solid job taking over for Kupp. However, the reality is the Rams cannot replace Kupp. Goff formed a rapport with Kupp that was evident from Day 1, and they showed that on-field.
Still, with Woods and Cooks reaching the 1,000-yard mark in 2018, it marks the first time the Rams franchise has enjoyed that accomplishment since the likes of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt did it since 2006.
The success of this team has garnered comparison to the Greatest Show on Turf Era Rams. McVay’s Rams even earned the nickname “The Greatest Show on Surf from Chris Collinsworth in 2017. And the statistics in almost every way are eerily similar to the Rams of 1999-2001.
The one thing missing as of yet: a Super Bowl Championship.
If these Rams keep working out their issues, a title will happen sooner rather than later. There is no doubt that the Rams are still on the right track thanks to the hard work of players like Woods and Cooks.