Going into the Rams’ training camp, fans knew there were going to be some battles up and down the roster between veterans and rookies alike. While this year fans have not been allowed to see such battles up close, Goff may have given us some inside to one in particular.
In the offseason, the Rams dealt Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans for what turned out to be rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson (No. 57 pick) as well as a 2022 fourth-round pick. So far in camp, the newcomer has caught the eye of signal-caller Jared Goff who has gone as far as comparing him to Cooper Kupp during his rookie season.
“But he’s been really impressive and done a good job. It reminds me a lot of when Cooper was a rookie, and he was just so far ahead of where a rookie kind of should be. He’s done a great job.”
Jefferson comes in with the expectations from many to compete with veteran Josh Reynolds to become the team’s No. 3 receiver. The son of former NFL receiver Shawn Jefferson was said to be one of the most efficient route runners that this year’s draft had to offer. So far in camp he has done nothing but continue to put in work and excel, erasing any doubt of a rocky transition from college to the NFL.
Goff spoke again on Jefferson and his presence in camp thus far.
“The way he comes to work and is a pro. Not surprised, you know, his dad is an NFL coach and he kind of gets it.”
While his numbers weren’t as eye-opening as others, the Rams offense holds many similarities to the Gators which has likely helped the transition. It’ll be interesting to see how this battle plays out later on and whether he can overtake Reynolds to be No. 3 wideout.