NFL fans don’t need to Google search who led the league in all three of the wide award categories last season. Just say Cooper Kupp and get the answer to who has become number 1 in receptions, field control and touchdowns.
However, there’s a rare statistic that Kupp leading the league from 2021 is likely to require typing in the search bar – which could further help explain why the Los Angeles Rams All-Pro did. the season he has.
It’s an indicator that is often not considered. Plus, it helps explain why Kupp doesn’t attract as many matches compared to the top cover corner on the opposite side. Finally, this stat also proves the mastery behind Sean McVay and his gaming prowess.
Kupp has the highest percentage in this category
According to Pro Football Focus’s Timo Riske on Tuesday, July 5, he revealed that Kupp is the one who gets the most coverage against roadsiders.
That’s right – it’s the LBs, not the safeties or CB1, who cross paths with the NFL’s three-crown tops the most.
Riske revealed that Kupp faced defenders 21.3% of the time last season. That’s more than Jerry Jeudy of the Denver Broncos with 20.7% and Amon-Ra St. Brown of the Detroit Lions, who was covered by a 19.7% defender last season.
Mind you, this is not Kupp just lining up in what is considered his natural position which is the extended slot; where those expansions often attract a defensive midfielder outside and work inside the defensive range. McVay masterfully used Kupp to create mismatches for the Rams.
Kupp in the face of a Linebacker
An example: From the 2018 season (which was also the year Kupp tasted his first convention title), Kupp ended up soliciting coverage from Minnesota Vikings trailblazer Anthony Barr. The end result is a 70-yard bomb for the touchdown.
That’s not all. In the Week 2 racetrack win over the Indianapolis Colts, McVay placed Kupp in 2nd and 6th. In this lineup, the inside full-back is usually in charge at the back if he goes out to receive a pass. . The Rams also flooded the three receivers to the right – making Indy think the ball was heading in that direction. However, All-Pro Colts sub-midfielder Darius Leonard showed a confusion over the assignment of coverage prompting Kupp to sneak into the end zone:
Additional clip: Kupp is ranked “side by side” in this 11-person squad compared to the New York Giants. Instead of running onto the field in his formation, he sneaked behind the line of attack drawn at OLB Jihad Ward. The game ends with Kupp defeating Ward and the rest of the Giants defenders closest to the final zone.
Final Clip: Twice, he drew games with the Seattle Seahawk substitutes into the final zone. And in his first score, his future Rams teammate Bobby Wagner joined as one of the LBs responsible for Kupp. NBC Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms even compared Kupp’s lines to that of Seahawks superstar DK Metcalf in that game.
McVay had another WR that cleverly drew midfield lines
Kupp isn’t the only person on that list to benefit from McVay’s mind.
Although no longer a Ram, Robert Woods has been calculated to attract pavers at a rate of 17.7%. On his breakout night of 12 150-yard catches against the Seahawks in Week 5, Woods caught four 67-yard passes and won the first three knockdowns facing Wagner and Jordyn Brooks.
While Kupp is at the top of the league in attracting defenders, McVay is credited for mastering a 240- to 260-pound defender in their top picks – resulting in final dogfights. on match day.
It wouldn’t be surprising if newcomer Allen Robinson gets the corners or safety against him this season in McVay’s offense… giving the Rams an additional solo battle where McVay and Rams are keen to take advantage.
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