Rams’ Pukka Nakoa units new NFL document after gorgeous efficiency in opposition to 49ers

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Seems to be like Puka Nacua, the Los Angeles Rams’ budding star, did not have a lot luck in Week 1 in spite of everything.

Nacua, a fifth-round pick of BYU by the Rams final April, shocked the NFL world final week when he had 10 catches for 119 yards in Los Angeles’ win over the Seattle Seahawks. However Nacua adopted it up with among the best performances ever related to NFL historical past.

Nacua caught 15 of his 20 targets from Stafford in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, for a complete of 147 yards. These 15 receptions are essentially the most receptions by a rookie in a single recreation in NFL historical past.


Sean McVay hugs Puka Nakoa

Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams and Puka Nacua embrace earlier than the sport in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Area on September 10, 2023 in Seattle. (Alika Jenner/Getty Pictures)

The document held collectively by Washington’s Roy Hilo, the New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley and Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris was damaged when Nacua took a 17-yard landing run late within the fourth quarter.

Nacua can also be the primary rookie to have double-digit receptions in every of his first two NFL video games.

49ers power essential turnovers to cease Rams to stay undefeated

And that is not all. Nacua’s 25 receptions this 12 months are a brand new league document for a rookie in his first two video games. 49ers legend Earl Cooper set the document at age 19 in 1980.

The Rams have been unable to tug off one other victory, regardless of Nacua’s efforts on offense. The 49ers have been capable of power essential turnovers to in the end come away with a 30-23 win to maneuver to 2-0, whereas the Rams fell to 1-1 at the beginning of the season.

Puka Nakoa runs through the tackle

Puka Nacua #17 of the Los Angeles Rams is tackled by Deommodore Lenoir #2 of the San Francisco 49ers in the course of the third quarter at SoFi Stadium on September 17, 2023, in Inglewood, California. (Sean M. Havey/Getty Pictures)

Nacua’s emergence as a high choice for Stafford comes with Cooper Kupp, the 2021 Offensive Participant of the Yr because the Rams’ high receiver, on injured reserve with a hamstring harm. Cobb’s absence left many questions on how the Rams would begin the season.

Nakoa not solely fills this absence, he thrives due to it.

Head coach Sean McVay clearly likes what Nacua has dropped at his receiving corps. And given his attacking mentality, he’ll you’ll want to area Nacua and Kupp when the latter returns to the fold.

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Los Angeles Rams broad receiver Pukka Nacua (17 years previous) runs after being caught in the course of the recreation in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers on September 17, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. (Brian Rothmueller/Sportswire Icon by way of Getty Pictures)


We’ll see what Nacua can do in his third NFL recreation subsequent week when the Rams journey to Cincinnati to tackle the Bengals on “Monday Evening Soccer.”

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