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Since Cooper Kupp's availability for Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season is uncertain, the Los Angeles Rams may use a fifth-round rookie to aid with passing.
Puka Nacua, the 177th selection in the 2023 draft, has impressed head coach Sean McVay in training camp and might play a major part in the Rams offense this season.
McVay told reporters that Nacua, guard Steve Avila, edge rusher Byron Young, and defensive lineman Kobie Turner are "guys we count on being immediate contributors.
Beyond Kupp, the Rams have little wideout experience. If Kupp loses time, Van Jefferson may be the team's leading passer.
However, his 24 catches and 369 yards in 11 2023 games don't exactly scream "go-to target.
His 5-foot-9-inch, 165-pound body doesn't project as an every-down player, and he has only 18 catches in two years in Los Angeles.
Early in the season, special teams star Ben Skowronek and veteran Demarcus Robinson may play offense. Nacua appears to have the most to gain if Kupp loses time.
Nacua, 22, averaged 15.7 yards per reception and scored 16 touchdowns in his final two BYU seasons.
Kupp, the NFL's 2021 Offensive Player of the Year, is in Minnesota seeing a specialist for his reaggravated hamstring issue.