The Bucs will face a tricky problem when the Rams come to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Stopping All-Professional extensive receiver Cooper Kupp would be the high mission for the Bucs’ protection within the NFC Divisional playoffs. The fifth-year professional has been an actual thorn within the protection’s facet over their final three match-ups, posting ridiculous numbers. The truth is, in his three contests towards the Bucs, Kupp has amassed 29 receptions for 362 yards and three touchdowns.
With a league-leading 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns, the Bucs protection and head coach Bruce Arians has actually taken discover of Cooper’s ability set and manufacturing.
“He’s top-of-the-line,” Arians mentioned. “I feel he and Chris Godwin, to me, are the most effective all-around receivers within the league as a result of they block, they do all the pieces – inside, outdoors. They’re very comparable, and you understand how I take into consideration Chris. Cooper, he’s a problem. You possibly can’t double workforce him all day, that’s for positive – they’ve too many different weapons. You simply must personal up your man and battle him. He’s a tough sort out similar to Chris is.”
Sadly Godwin is not going to be obtainable for this match-up, struggling an ACL tear in Week 15 towards the Saints. In his personal proper, Godwin has been simply as a lot an issue for the Rams protection. The fifth-year wideout has 25 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns versus Los Angeles, along with a dashing rating. Bucs extensive receiver Mike Evans agrees with Arians’ evaluation.
“That’s really a very good comparability,” Evans mentioned. “They’re related physique sorts, as properly. I didn’t know Kupp was that huge – he’s bought some good dimension to him. He can run all of the routes, very artful. He’s quicker than he appears, nice physique quickness, nice arms, contested catch. He’s an entire receiver. That’s the explanation why he bought the triple crown this 12 months.”
The Bucs will want a powerful gameplan to account for the Kupp. Tampa Bay may look to what the Arizona Cardinals did within the Wild Card recreation, bracketing the gifted extensive receiver and holding him to 5 catches for 61 yards and a landing. The Bucs will definitely have to restrict Kupp if they will have an opportunity to advance to the NFC Championship.