Rams excited about the return of Pharoh Cooper, Nelson Spruce
The Los Angeles Rams are surprisingly sitting on top of the NFC West right now with a 3-1 record. That being said, the team still has not looked good. They look like the same old Rams that cannot get it done on offense and use their defense to sneak by.
The reason why they have been able to get wins is because their defense has been really, really good. The defensive line continues to dominate games and their secondary is stepping up. That cannot hold up an entire 16 games though; the Rams need the offense to play better.
Luckily for the Rams, they are about to receive a boast on the offensive side of the ball. Rookie wide receivers Pharoh Cooper and Nelson Spruce were a healthy scratch last week, but signs are pointing to them making their regular season debuts against the Bills. Both players are strong route runners out of the slot.
When asked about them coming back, Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras had this to say:
“Both those guys have shown that they’re capable of moving the sticks. They can make plays, they both have great hand-eye coordination, they’re natural catchers. And they’ve shown, in the Dallas game for Nelson and really throughout the preseason, including that Kansas City game for ‘Coop,’ is they’re going to make plays. And they can make plays catching it and the run after the catch. Both of them are getting more confident right now with where they are and I think we’re all excited to see what’s going to happen when they get on the field.”
“Natural catchers” will also be important for the team to have. While wide receiver Brian Quick has managed to catch three touchdowns the four games, he still struggles to connect with the ball. Quick has dropped a few passes this season that would have been big plays for the team. If Cooper and Spruce can make those catches then the offense will suddenly open up.
The biggest of those dividends will go to Todd Gurley. Gurley needs the defense to fear the Rams’ passing game if he ever wants to get on track this season. If teams continue to load up the box against Gurley, he will continue to struggle.
The Rams have to find a way to spread the field more for Gurley. Tavon Austin could also use some help; Cooper and Spruce might give Austin the little inch of space that he needs.
If Cooper and Spruce are able to come on the field and start making an immediate impact, the Rams could go from a surprising 3-1 team to an established 4-1 team. While the winning is all good and fun for LA right now, improvements still have to be made.