Van Jefferson had a marvelous education camp for the Los Angeles Rams past 12 months, seemingly putting him on keep track of to probably be the team’s WR3 as a rookie. But at the time the typical year began, it was Josh Reynolds who earned most of the snaps next to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
Right after Jefferson performed 33 snaps in 7 days 1 and 26 in Week 2, he didn’t surpass both of all those quantities yet again right until Week 12 and then in the time finale. He concluded his rookie time with only 19 catches for 220 yards and 1 landing in the regular period, hauling in six passes for 46 yards and a rating from the Packers in the divisional round, as very well.
Hunting back again on his 1st 12 months in the NFL, Jefferson didn’t fulfill his have private expectations. He termed it a “learning experience” and hopes to set collectively a far better year in Calendar year 2.
My to start with 12 months in the NFL was a studying expertise,” he reported in an interview with TheRams.com. “I sense as if I uncovered a lot of items that will enable me in year two. I anticipated a ton extra out of myself, but almost everything is all about timing and getting all set. General, I assumed it was excellent, but a ton of home for advancement.”
Jefferson was drafted 57th over-all last year, five picks right after Cam Akers was picked. Both gamers must have bigger roles in 2021, with Akers cemented as RB1 and Jefferson getting Reynolds’ location as the No. 3 receiver.
Jefferson’s father, Shawn Jefferson, is a former NFL wide receiver himself and is the new broad receivers coach for Arizona. Van was asked how his dad felt he did as a rookie, and Shawn predicted far more from the Rams wideout, also.
“Pops anticipated a ton a lot more out of me,” he explained. “He is really tricky on me and wishes to see me thrive. But in the finish, he was pretty proud of me and said he expects more of me in year two. It’s likely to be enjoyment. I get to see him twice a year now. I’m enthusiastic to perform versus him and contend. I know he’ll be speaking and producing his noise.”
Reynolds performed 71.7% of the team’s offensive snaps final time, which is the style of workload Jefferson could expect to have in 2021. He’ll have to contend with DeSean Jackson for participating in time, also, but Jefferson is a player the Rams are high on and he will not be constrained for significantly more time.