San Francisco 49ers: Stacking up the wide receiver groups in the NFC West

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Cooper Kupp #18 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball on a pass play during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

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Key Contributors: Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks

Jared Goff passed for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. Of those 3,804 yards, Woods (781) and Kupp (869) accounted for 1,650 of them – and 10 of those 28 touchdowns.

Though now with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sammy Watkins accounted for another 593 yards and eight touchdowns on his own for the Rams last year.

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Which all goes to show that Goff made very, very good use of his receivers. Even more impressive was how well-balanced Los Angeles’ passing attack was. Running back Todd Gurley led the team with 64 receptions, but Kupp had 62, Woods had 56, and Watkins had 39.

Goff spread the ball around incredibly well and incredibly efficiently.

Though Watkins is gone, he’s been replaced by an even more dangerous weapon in Brandin Cooks. Playing for the Patriots last season, Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven scores – and will integrate very well into the Rams’ balanced and lethal passing attack.

With one year in Sean McVay‘s system under his belt, Goff, Kupp, and Woods will likely be even more comfortable under center this season. And Cooks has not had a problem integrating into any system he’s been in.

All of which makes Los Angeles’ passing attack downright terrifying for opposing defenses. At least, it should be.

With the Rams, it’s going to be on defenses to pick their poison. They’ve got to key on Gurley, but at the same time, account for Kupp, Woods, and now Cooks. If there is one knock to be made on the Rams receivers group, it’s that they lack quality depth.

Los Angeles’ receivers group was fantastic last season, and will likely be even better this year. If they can all remain healthy, they are head and shoulders above the rest of the NFC West.