Cooper Kupp is coming off one of the best seasons in NFL history by a wide receiver, posting 145 receptions, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns en route to helping the Los Angeles Rams win a Super Bowl. Despite becoming only the fourth receiver since 1990 to win the Triple Crown (leading all wide receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns), Kupp explains why he doesn’t consider himself a top-five NFL wide receivers in an interview with Brandon Marshall and Adam “Pacman” Jones – an interview in which he was asked to list the top five escapees in the NFL.
“I think most of the receivers in this game, most of the guys that play at this level, have something they do better than anybody else. Every receiver you just had on this list is great at something. I think every one of those guys is a better athlete than me, faster than me, better off his breaks than me, all that stuff,” Kupp said. “These guys are the best of the best when you look at this list.”
After making the first list of his top five wide receivers, Kupp wanted a chance to do some revisions. In his second — and official — copy of his top five, Kupp included Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, Stefon Diggs, Ja’Marr Chase and Odell Beckham Jr., in that order.
It wasn’t surprising to see Kupp being humble in his response, but he recently responded to Jefferson, who said he’s a better wide receiver than Kupp, so he’s not lacking in confidence. While continuously showing his humility in the interview, Kupp shared how he managed to find success in the NFL.
“What I’ve found for myself is I’ve found a way to be smarter than people, to process things faster, and to make things really difficult for people. I want people to DB’s guarding me, you see DB’s do EDD (daily exercise), I want them to do all their EDD when guarding me I want them to flip their hips, I want them to spin, plant, break, I want them to do all that. If you keep me, I’ll test your technique to see if it’s where it’s supposed to be.
You could argue that guys like Adams and Diggs have shown more consistency at wide receiver, largely due to Kupp missing time in his career due to injuries. Even though Kupp doesn’t want to list himself as one of the top five wide receivers in the league, it’s hard to argue that he’s not in the top class of wides right now.