Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Sean McVay, head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, indicated in his press conference on Tuesday that wide receivers Pharoh Cooper (ankle) and Mike Thomas (groin), appears to be injured and will miss some games.
Cooper, the 2018 Pro-Bowl Specialist, appeared to be injured on his final return against the Oakland Raiders, a game the Rams won 33-13. Thomas, not clear on when he was wounded but specified that it was severe enough that he will miss significant time from the injury.
McVay wasn't confident if the Rams were going to replace Cooper with a player that's currently on the team in the return game or not. As a kickoff returner, the options could be reserved runningbacks, Justin Davis or Malcolm Brown. One other possible option could be rookie back John Kelly, who may be a better fit with his running ability.
As far as punt return duties, Cooper Kupp is the candidate to take over with those duties, however, do you take that risk? Veteran defensive back Sam Shields another possible player who can return kicks, both the punt and kickoff. At the University of Miami, he was a dual threat at the return which transcended over to the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.
Rams can ultimately look to sign a free agent receiver or return specialist. During camp, the Rams released JoJo Natson, a returner who runs hard and seem to take every return to the distance. Kenjon Barner another option was quickly signed by the New England Patriots just a moment ago.
Ex-Ram receiver and special team ace, Bradley Marquez, was released today to make room for Jamil Demby on the active roster. Marquez was great on special teams and did well as a receiver. Suffering a knee injury in 2016 that didn't fully heal, the Rams waived him with an injury settlement.
Have to watch the waiver wire to see precisely which direction that general manager Les Snead take, however, need to move fast as the Rams prepare for the home opener against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.