INDIANAPOLIS — It was early on the West Coast — and maybe even before you woke up this morning in Los Angeles — but Rams head coach Sean McVay had some positive news to share on wide receiver Cooper Kupp during his 9:15 a.m. ET press conference at the NFL Combine.
“I would just say that it’s something that we’re going to monitor this offseason, but we fully expect him to be ready to go for training camp,” McVay said.
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Kupp tore his ACL during Los Angeles’ Week 10 victory over the Seahawks at the L.A. Coliseum. And even though the Rams were able to win a conference championship, losing Kupp certainly impacted the offense.
“Cooper’s a great player,” McVay said. “I think when you just talk about the things that he was able to provide our football team, he was so consistent, so versatile in terms of a guy that is really a great productive player in the run game. Obviously, in the pass game he did an outstanding job. He’s a guy that, situationally, was a big part of our offense — whether it be in the red zone or on third down. So you certainly missed him.”
To McVay’s point, Kupp caught eight passes on 11 targets in the red zone, three of which resulted in touchdowns. Eight of Kupp’s 10 receptions on third down resulted in first downs. And despite playing in only eight games, Kupp still finished tied for the team lead with six touchdown receptions. Overall, Kupp caught 40 passes for 566 yards with those eight TDs in 2018.
Kupp has posted a few updates of his recovery on social media, most recently on Jan. 30 when he put up a video of him training on Instagram.
“He’s making great progress. He’s one of the most conscientious players that I’ve ever seen. He’s already worried about, ‘Am I going to miss some things in OTAs?’ — things like that,” McVay said. “But talking to Dr. [Neal] ElAttrache and Reggie Scott, he’s in great shape and right on pace to be ready to go, especially with training camp.”
So that appears to be the target — training camp, which will start in late July. But even so, McVay seemed like the team will do its best to make sure Kupp isn’t rushed back too soon.
“We want to have a long-term vision with him,” McVay said. “But he’s already doing things that I think are probably way ahead of what normally would be the process from an ACL. But we feel really good about the way he’s going to respond.”