If Woods runs a route and is open but does not get the ball off Matthew Stafford, will he return to the huddle and let his quarterback know he should look after him next time?
“Of course,” Woods said, chuckling. “I always let the quarterback know I was open. You’ll have to stay in his ear and be a reminder.”
In his 13th NFL season, but first in LA, Stafford probably has no shortage of playmakers signing after him when the season opens on Sept. 13 against Chicago Bears on Sunday night football. Rams Returns Recipients Woods, Cooper Coup and second year pro From Jefferson. Over a period of two months in the low season, they also signed veteran DeSean Jackson to a $ 4.5 million one-year free agent contract. then chose Louisville Tutu Atwell in the second round of the NFL Draft.
“The best I can tell you is that it’s not my decision,” Jackson said, laughing when asked if there was enough football to go around. “I leave it to Sean McVay and to Matthew Stafford.”
Woods earned a four-year extension worth up to $ 68 million and Kupp a three-year extension worth up to $ 48 million before last season. After four seasons under Rams coach Sean McVay, both are firmly established in the offense and are expected to resume familiar roles this season.
The Rams’ general manager Les Snead and McVay hardly kept it a secret that they would pursue a playmaker this offseason – one with the speed and ability to stretch a defense – something they lacked in the middle of last season 10-6. But it came as a surprise that they caught Jackson and then Atwell with their first draft, especially after Jefferson – another round in 2020 – showed potential in his rookie season.
“In some ways, it’s a luxury,” Kupp said. “You have such a deep group of guys, and the next best thing to it is that guys are not just locked inside a position, guys want to learn the whole offense, so you have five guys who can play any position you ask them to. about. “
Jackson has a history with McVay serving as his offensive coordinator for three seasons in Washington. The 14-year-old professional spent the last two seasons slower and sideways due to injuries, but expressed confidence in his ability to stay healthy on his return to his hometown.
“It’s definitely going to be a scary group for defense, and defenders are causing Sean McVay, one thing he knows, he’s going to figure out how to get you open,” said Jackson, who ranks sixth all-time in the NFL with 17.4 yards per . reception. “So we just look forward to having a lot of fun doing it.”
After being selected 57th overall last year, Jefferson quickly established a reputation as a mature individual and polished route runner. He blinked during training camp, but saw limited opportunities in the regular season.
When asked about his consolation with the offense in year 2, Jefferson admitted he was not so determined when he showed up as his rookie season.
“To be honest, last year I was a rookie coming in. I was a bit off – my head was spinning and stuff like that,” said Jefferson, who caught 19 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown. “But I think I’m more comfortable now.”
McVay called Jefferson a “big bright spot” this offseason.
“He’s really put the work in,” McVay said. “He’s come back and established himself as a legitimate guy, a guy we reckon with for big things, and I think the future is so bright.”
When asked about rams adding two more receivers this offseason, Jefferson said he had to be familiar with the decision.
“You just take it one day at a time,” Jefferson said. “You know, do not pay attention to it and just go out there and just finish and work every day and everything else takes care of itself.”
Woods said Atwell played with swagger during the offseason program and demonstrated his speed and ability to get down into the field quickly.
“He plays with lots of heart and speed,” Woods said.
But with Jefferson’s progress, and if Jackson stays healthy, Atwell could face an upward battle for playing time.
McVay has compared Atwell’s skill to Jackson, and although the Rams invested a second round in Atwell, iterations with Stafford behind Woods, Coup, Jackson, Jefferson could possibly be limited to the rookie expected to return points on special teams.
“Right now just getting my feet wet,” Atwell said during organized team activities. “Just basically study games and just watch [veteran players] and ask them questions and how to do this and how to do it. “
Woods said the chemistry grows on and off the field, and each receiver brings a unique talent and ability.
“All of these players do different things and what they bring to our offense will be a really good combination that gives you all the way around the field, down the field, flight sweeps, middle screens,” Woods said. “I think everyone can contribute in every way.”
Stafford kept it simple when asked how his many playmakers can earn goals.
“For me,” Stafford said, “I just think to be award-winning, open and catch the ball.”