I try to not put too much weight behind what people say in post game or interviews. Especially when it comes to a hype man like Cousins, he’s always going to be positive, even if guys suck. I only really pay attention when it is something negative. I’m relying more on the film analysis. And when I watched the film, there are instances where diggs get sufficient separation for cousins to slide it in for that bomb but he decided to check down instead. The cousins we know and love, is a gun slinger and those long bombs will come. You could def be right in that scheme is limiting him a bit, but I am personally still holding out some hope on that front. Time will tell.
Coming into the season, Kupp was my top guy out of that group because I think he was the best value. After seeing week 1, I changed my opinion on Cooks entirely and I’m pretty confident he’ll be the WR1 there. I think Kupp and Woods are the 2A/B in the offense. I think Kupp is the one with the better floor. Woods is the one with the better ceiling. And I think Kupp has the most TD upside out everyone on the offense not named gurley. He is a red zone target hog and a TD machine. Great short area quickness for quick separation in tight spaces. And McVay is fantastic at scheming him open. Also, Kupp in my opinion is the best blocking WR in the NFL, his 2nd year in the league. I’m watching plays where they line this dude up across from a Linebacker and D line by himself in run blocking schemes. That is invaluable and means he never comes off the field. Doesn’t translate to fantasy but I find it so cool as a real football fan. He’s like a mini gronk. Watching him tank linebackers to open holes for gurley is very entertaining.
My bet is on Kupp leading the team in receiving TDs this year and getting about 1k yards. Which puts him at high WR2 or low WR1 potential depending on how many TDs he scores.