NFL wide receivers that should have been league MVP: 15. Cooper Kupp, 2021
This one is more of a prediction that Cooper Kupp is not going to win the MVP. Tom Brady is currently the front runner to win the award despite his advanced age and his early-season interceptions. MVP voters will go for the quarterback unless someone blows them out of the water. There is no “great” quarterback this season. Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have taken multiple steps back this year. Brady is having a really good season, but is he the most important player when he has that offense around him? Cooper Kupp has been keeping the Los Angeles Rams afloat this year.
Matthew Stafford hasn’t exactly been the superstar they were hoping for when they replaced Jared Goff. Don’t get this twisted, the Rams are in much better shape now. However, Kupp is the reason the Rams are where they are.
Kupp is as consistent as any other receiver on this list. He has one “down” game, and it was 64 yards against the Cardinals. He still garnered 13 targets that game. Every other game he has at least 90 yards. In 12 games he had 1,300 yards, 100 receptions, and 11 touchdowns. He’s on pace for 1,934 yards and 141 receptions.
Kupp deserves the MVP, but he will likely have to settle for the Offensive Player of the Year award. It’s definitely something, but he deserves more consideration for the MVP. If he was doing this at the quarterback position, it would likely be a unanimous MVP vote. He should get a least somewhat of the same respect at the wide receiver position.