Just one year after he made the Pro Bowl as a returner, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper is out of a job since the Los Angeles Rams decided to waive him on Tuesday. The team confirmed the news on their official social media.
#LARams Waive Pharoh Cooper
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 18, 2018
Pharoh Cooper entered the league in 2016 as a fourth-round pick but didn’t see much action in his rookie year. Last season, however, he established himself as one of the NFL’s top returners, managing to average league-best 27.4 yards on kick returns. Cooper finished the year with 1331 returned yards total while returning one kickoff for a touchdown.
This year, Pharoh Cooper wasn’t able to put out the same display, mostly due to injuries. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 1, being forced to undergo surgery, and wasn’t activated until Week 11. After being activated, Cooper struggled with production and only averaged 20.2 yards per kick return in the last four games he played. This, combined with the fact that he was never a factor in the Rams’ passing game, caused the team to move on from him.
With Cooper out, LA Rams have one roster spot available but have decided not to make a corresponding move to fill it up at this moment.