Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Updated 12/18/2018 2:40PM PST
In a surprising roster move, the Los Angeles Rams have released kick-returner and wide receiver Pharoh Cooper from the team. The 2017 NFL Special Team Player of the Year in his third season with the Rams just seemed not to have the same spark as last season.
In the season opener against the Oakland Raiders, Cooper would suffer an ankle injury that landed him on the IR for eight weeks. He returned in week eleven against the Kansas City Chiefs, but his play was subpar. Last season he led the league in kick return with almost a 28.0-yard average, this season just over 21.0 yard average on 13 attempts.
In his absence, Blake Countess took over the kick return duties and with 17 attempts he had a 24.6-yard return average. There may have been some concerns about his decline in production. The Rams kept punt returner JoJo Natson, who fumbled a punt in last Sunday lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite Natson's fumble, the Rams defense was able to hold the Eagles to a long field goal. The Eagles missed that field goal as the Rams move the ball down the field but came up short in the final seconds.
In a corresponding move, the Rams signed former Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson to the roster as insurance for injured Todd Gurley and Justin Davis.