Matching Shohei Ohtani with his Los Angeles Rams parallel: Cooper Kupp
LA Angels' two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is actually a lot like Cooper Kupp. Both were expected to play well this year, but then they went out and had all-time great seasons. They overperformed what were already lofty expectations.
We all know that Ohtani had the best season in sports history, and we also need to acknowledge the type of season that Kupp had. Kupp was the Offensive Player of the Year, going for 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Those both led football.
Catching 145 balls this season, he also averaged 114.5 yards per game. Those two led the sport as well. While Kupp may not have been Ohtani, he was still sensational.
He still had one of the best seasons anybody's ever seen a receiver have. No wideout has ever had as many yards as Kupp just put up. He was second in all-time receptions in a season.
Like Kupp, we know Ohtani is the best in the game at what he does. Give him some lineup protection next year and watch him soar to even greater heights. Just like how Kupp thrived once he got a star QB, Ohtani just needs a bit better of a situation around him, and he could be playing for a championship too.
Even though they play different sports, there are absolutely lessons to be learned by the Angels, from the Rams.