Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams second-year wide receiver Pharoh Cooper certainly has solidified a roster spot on the team. What may have seen to be a numbers game with the 2017 depth chart of the receivers, don't worry about Cooper. His last two pre-season games have shown that his play supports he's not going anywhere anytime soon.
For instance, last week contest against the Oakland Raiders, and 4:18 seconds left in the game, the Rams were trailing by the score of 21-17. Desperately with the game on the line, the Rams needed to convert a third down and seven to keep the drive going. Mannion rifle's a laser to Cooper on the slant route, in which the Raider's safety Anthony Cioffi levels him, but holds on to the ball to move the chains, (video footage below). Cooper's catch extended the Rams drive as a few plays later, Mannion locates Josh Reynolds for the game-winning touchdown.
Pharoh Cooper hammered, but holds on to ball
Rams hosted the San Diego Chargers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on this past Saturday.
The Rams quarterbacks have been able to find Cooper, as he caught ten passes for 114 yards for an average of 11.4 per reception. In addition to receiving, he has been returning kickoffs for the Rams average slightly over 20 yards per return.
Cooper has shown up to this year’s training camp with a mission to silence the doubters. As I may admit, I strongly felt that Cooper was going to be an odd man out in this deep receiver corps. I'm brave enough to say that he has made me into a believer that he will make this 53-man roster.
The Rams will travel to Wisconsin to play the Green Bay Packers in its fourth and final pre-season game. Don't expect Cooper to play much, as it will give an opportunity for the other roster receivers to get some plays on film. Rams will have to trim the 90-man roster down to a 53-man roster. The preseason wraps up on September 1st, and teams will be required to get rosters down to 53 no later than 4 p.m. ET on September 3rd.