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Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams and the six best WR2s in football

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
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3. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

You could definitely make the case that Cooper Kupp is the best receiver on the Los Angeles Rams. He has become a critical target for Jared Goff and when Kupp is not in the offense things are not as easy for Goff.

However, based on how he is schemed and the overall numbers over the last several seasons, Kupp should qualify as the Rams’ WR2. Early in his career, he was the second, or even third, target behind Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Now, based on consistency, Woods is probably the WR1.

Kupp has been fantastic as a slot receiver, however, and while Williams probably has a higher overall ceiling than Kupp, thus far in their careers it is impossible to deny that Kupp has been the better wide receiver overall.

Kupp finished last season with 1,161 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and 94 receptions. He was on pace for another 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season in 2018 but got injured and missed half the year. With a solid rookie year as well, Kupp has done more in three years than Williams.

It is not an extremely exclusive list, but Kupp is one of 39 players in NFL history to average 66 receiving yards per game across his first three seasons. Of those 39 players, Kupp has the second-best catch percentage of 69.3 percent.

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