Rams’ surprising start due in large part to ‘remarkable’ rookie WR Puka Nacua

The Los Angeles Rams may have lost to the rival San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but they still seem much more like the group that won the Super Bowl in 2021-22 than the weary veteran squad that limped to a 5-12 finish last season. 

These Rams, however, do not much resemble that group of big-name veterans that gave coach Sean McVay his first Lombardi trophy nearly two years ago. One of the biggest components to the Rams’ success on offense (aside from a resurgent Matthew Stafford) has been Puka Nacua, a rookie wide receiver picked in the fifth round out of BYU in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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Nacua set multiple NFL rookie records Sunday. His 15 catches for 147 yards against the fearsome 49ers defense were the most receptions by a rookie in league history. Nacua also became the first rookie to have at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in each of his first two games, and his 25 total receptions are the most in NFL history over a rookie’s first two games, per FOX Sports research.

NFL on FOX broadcaster Kevin Kugler has been on the call for both Rams games this season — L.A.’s surprising 30-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 and the Rams’ 30-23 loss to the 49ers on Sunday — which means he has been all over Nacua’s rise. However, as he told David Helman on the NFL on FOX Podcast, Kugler is even more amazed by who Nacua is off the field.

“He is remarkable,” Kugler said. “We met with him last week before the game. He was one of the guys we sat down with and had a long conversation with, and I’ll tell you what, he is enjoying every single second of this. He has a constant smile on his face.”

Nacua has taken on such a prominent role in the Rams’ offense because of the absence of star wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who is nursing a lingering hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve before the season, meaning he will be out through at least the Rams’ first four games.

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