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RAMS RECEIVING CORPS RANKED
Pro Football Focus ranked each NFL team's receiving corps on Tuesday. The Rams wideouts were in the top half of the rankings, coming in at No. 12 behind the Cincinnati Bengals.
PFF noted second-year receiver Cooper Kupp's good hands and ability from the slot.
12. LOS ANGELES RAMS: Yards per route run as a unit, rank: 1.52 (4th)
With all the struggles that we've seen from rookie wide receivers of late,Cooper Kupp's rookie season should be incredibly encouraging for Rams fans. Kupp's 2.04 yards per route from the slot was top five among all receivers, and he likely would have led the league if it weren't for an uncharacteristic five drops on 51 catchable targets. His last year at Eastern Washington, Kupp dropped all of six passes on 125 catchable targets.
PFF's Top 10 receiver groups:
1. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
2. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
3. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
4. ATLANTA FALCONS
5. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
6. CLEVELAND BROWNS
7. NEW YORK GIANTS
9. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
10. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
INSIDE LINEBACKER BATTLE
Conversation surrounding the linebacker position in Los Angeles continues, nearly a week into training camp. The Bleacher Report's Maurice Moton recently determined the most important spot up for grabs for all 32 NFL teams.
Here's what he said about the Rams:
Most important spot: Inside linebacker
Top Contenders: Cory Littleton vs. Ramik Wilson vs. Micah Kiser
You can flip a coin between the inside linebacker spot next to Mark Barron and the outside position opposite Sam Ebukam as the most important spots up for grabs at the Los Angeles Rams training camp. Those who didn't watch Rams games didn't hear Matt Longacre's name much, but he logged 5.5 sacks last season and should start opposite Ebukam on the outside.
Looking at the open position next to Barron, there's some competition for Littleton. Wilson comes over from the Chiefs, and Kiser joins the unit as a fifth-round pick. The former brings starting experience to the position. As a handpicked selection, don't count out the rookie, who brought physicality to Virginia's defense over the past three seasons, logging 33.5 tackles for a loss and 19 sacks.
Projected Winner: Cory Littleton
Wilson started 17 games in the middle of the Chiefs defense between the 2015-17 seasons and provided decent coverage on the second level. Kiser profiles as a downhill defender who can wreak havoc in the backfield.
Littleton impressed the coaching staff during OTAs, per ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry. As a holdover at the position, the 24-year-old's familiarity with Wade Phillips' system certainly gives him an edge. There's potential in his coverage ability as well. He broke up four passes and snagged an interception in277 snaps last year.