The upcoming 2022 NFC Championship Game will feature two of the more dynamic wide receivers in the NFL today in both Los Angeles Rams wideout Cooper Kupp and San Francisco 49ers all-around offensive talent Deebo Samuel.
For Rams head coach Sean McVay, he sees several stark similarities between the two All-Pro wideouts, which he touched on during a press conference ahead of the NFC title game.
“I think they’re great football players that are complete receivers,” McVay said. “They’re obviously both really dynamic with the ball on their hands. Some of the things that Deebo does when he’s lined up as a running back is really special stuff. … He can separate, he can line up anywhere on the formation.
“Cooper’s very similar. We’re just not giving him carries from the dot and from the offset gun but he’s part of our blocking surfaces. He does so many different things.”
Both talents produced campaigns to remember in the regular season. Kupp tallied for 1,947 receiving yards, which fell a mere 18 receiving yards short of breaking the record for the most such yards in a season.
On the other hand, Samuel posted a notable 13.0 yards per touch average, as 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel called on him to feature as both a wideout and running back.
Overall, McVay sees that Kupp and Samuel simply define valuable.
“I think you’re talking about two well-deserved first-team All-Pro players,” McVay said. “Two guys that have been instrumental in getting their teams to where they’re at and I got tremendous respect for Deebo and I’m so appreciative to be able to work with a player like Cooper Kupp.”
Kupp and Samuel have so far been at the top of their games in the playoffs. They could be in line to have historic showings in the upcoming NFC title game.