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Where does Cooper Kupp rank among NFL's best wideouts? | PFT on Yahoo Sports

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After another huge performance in L.A.'s Week 6 win over the Giants, Mike Florio and Peter King break down just what makes L.A. wideout Cooper Kupp so effective -- and debate his place among the best weapons in the NFL.

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MIKE FLORIO: Time now for more "PFT" on Yahoo Sports. Peter King, Mike Florio, all the biggest storylines of the National Football League season. Cooper Kupp having a spectacular season in his first year with Matthew Stafford in LA, statistics off the charts. Where does he rank, in your opinion, among the very best receivers in the NFL right now Peter?

PETER KING: Well, I don't think Cooper Kupp really needed the stamp of approval of what Matthew Stafford has done, which is obviously to make him priority one in a great offense. But I think it's good to see. You know what's ironic and kind of apt and, I think, exactly the way it should be? Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and Cooper Kupp-- what do they have in common? They have the exact same number of catches, 46, after six games. And all of them are easily the most valuable offensive weapons on their respective teams aside from their quarterback.

If you have a great quarterback, you need a great receiver. And what I like about Cooper Kupp is that he's eminently trustworthy. Now, so is Robert Woods. I think that they will have-- if one of those guys misses a game or two or three because of injury, I think they'll be OK because Matthew Stafford doesn't need just one. But if you ask me right now where he ranks, he's certainly in the top 10 of NFL receivers, probably in the top five. But I would also just say I really love Justin Jefferson. I love Ja'Marr Chase. And they would make the top five very, very crowded.

MIKE FLORIO: And the question becomes, when we look at what makes a great receiver, is it production, or is it the extent to which defenses have fear struck into their hearts at the prospect of trying to defend the guy? And the problem with the Rams-- and this is the problem that the defenses have when dealing with the Rams-- you've got-- and we've talked about this before, Peter-- Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. And it used to be 1 and 1A.

Now it's evolving into Cooper Kupp as one and Robert Woods two. We saw in that Thursday night game against the Seahawks a conscious effort to placate Robert Woods and force feed the ball to him. But against the Giants, it was back to the Cooper Kupp show featuring cameo appearances by Robert Woods. And the presence of Woods and the willingness, from time to time, to get the ball to Woods, that forces the defense to deal with both guys.

Usually teams have a number one and a number two. And you've got to double the number one, you single the number two, and you take your chances. With Woods and Kupp, they both have equal skill sets. They both are equal from a potential standpoint. So you have extra stress on a defense. I don't know that Cupp has the numbers he has if Woods isn't on the team.

PETER KING: That's an excellent, excellent point. And Mike, I'll just tell you this. The reason why Sean McVay loves Robert Woods-- and look, Sean McVay wants Matthew Stafford throw the ball to the open guy. And so clearly, because of the percentage of targets that he actually is accurate on with Kupp, McVay is not going to say, hey, listen, veer away from Kupp. It's making the team better.

But the point that I would make is the reason why McVay loves Woods and why the Rams love woods is because he is always where he's supposed to be. He's a very disciplined route runner, and he knows how to get open in very, very small spaces. I like Robert Woods. I like Cooper Kupp. Right now for the Rams, it's an embarrassment of riches.

MIKE FLORIO: Yeah, absolutely. And they are one of the best teams in the NFC and in the NFL. They survived the little road bump there that they had against the Arizona Cardinals. But they, right now at 5 and 1, look to be on track to have a very special season.

And they'll get another chance to play the Cardinals coming up. But as long as they have Kupp and Woods healthy, even without Cam Akers-- remember, we thought that it was going to change that offense, and it really hasn't, because of Stafford and those two receivers. All right, that's it for this edition of "PFT" on Yahoo Sports. We'll be with you all season long. Thanks for some of your time, and we'll see you next time.

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