Monday, November 29, 2021

Cooper Kupp’s father caught the attention of fantasy football rivals

Rams’ star receiver father Cooper Kupp received some bad news recently.

His fantasy football league buddies are no longer going to back down and give him a free pass to pick his son.

“They’ve already warned me,” Craig Kupp said with a laugh. “They won’t just let me draft Cooper. Those days are over.

“They say I ride it for every victory I win.”

Fair. Kupp is a spectacle machine, both on the field and in fantasy. Despite the Rams’ disappointing performance in their Sunday night defeat to Tennessee, Kupp made 11 catches for 95 yards. He has 74 receptions for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns in the season, making him the second player in the Super Bowl era to score at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first nine games of the season. The only player who has managed to achieve this is Jerry Rice, who is considered the best successor of all time.

Kupp was not his father’s first draft pick.

“I always take the run back first,” said Craig Kupp, who called his team “Wide Load,” referring to the wide rear end. “I took [Minnesota’s] Dalvin Cook “.

This can make things interesting the day after Christmas, when the Rams are playing with the Vikings.

On Monday, Cooper participated in a Taste of Sheep virtual charity event on behalf of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and host Andrew Siciliano asked him about the fantasy riot.

The receiver has a mocking answer.

“I was really disappointed to hear about this because we are proud of our competitiveness,” Kupp said. “For my dad to take advantage of it and not let it be something… a draft is a draft, just let it play out. And my brothers are also in the draft, so I don’t know why my dad is getting money. ”

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Craig Kupp was a fifth-round New York Giants quarterback at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and briefly played for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. His father, Jake Kupp, was an NFL offensive lineman who faced Archie Manning in New Orleans.

Cooper Kupp has done well as a receiver in East Washington and played some of his best games against Pac-12 opponents, but it was as an advisor at the Manning Passing Academy that he first caught the attention of Rams general manager Les Snead.

Kupp spent five years as a counselor at this camp in Thibodeau, Louisiana, a rare successor in the sea of ​​college quarterbacks. There, Peyton Manning relied on him as his personal successor to the ongoing exhibition. Snead, who was present at the event, took note of this.

“Peyton mentioned [his brother] Eli and all subsequent college QBs: “Hey, Cooper Kupp is my boyfriend. You can all figure out who you’re throwing at, but Cooper is mine, “Snead told the Los Angeles Times in 2019.” At that point, you picked up a note to track the baby. Because Peyton is a perfectionist and he will definitely have someone who is where they need to be and who takes the catch when he needs to. “

Peyton Manning recalled: “Eli and I were arguing about who to throw Cooper, because all his routes were very accurate. He was in great control of his body. You always knew where he was going when he was about to break out or break through. It sometimes takes a while for the quarterback and the receiver to work out that moment. But he was one of those guys who immediately found it easy for Eli and me to choose the time. And, of course, he caught it too. “

No word on Manning’s fantasy line-up.

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