On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams traded wide receiver Van Jefferson to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons gave the Rams a 2025 sixth-round pick, while the Falcons got a seventh-round pick from the Rams.
Jefferson is in his fourth season. His best season was in 2021-22 when he set career highs with 50 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns and won the Super Bowl. In the Super Bowl, he had four catches. This season, he has eight catches for 108 yards and no touchdowns.
It's a shame that the Rams had to trade Jefferson. He was doing good with them and had helped them win a Super Bowl. Jefferson unfortunately fell behind after the rising stars of rookie Puka Nacua, third-year star Tutu Atwell, and a good return from injury by Cooper Kupp. With the success of the three players mentioned above, Jefferson became the number four receiver on the Rams. Since he was the number four receiver, the trade is probably the best thing for him. Jefferson probably wouldn't have a lot of production if he hadn't been traded.
Jefferson will be a huge help to the Falcons. The Falcons have no depth at the receiver position, so he'll add some much-needed depth to the position. Jefferson will also add some production, as the Falcons' current receivers aren't producing much. Atlanta's most productive catchers are running back Bijan Robinson and tight ends Jonnu Smith and Kyle Pitts. Mack Hollins is the Falcons' best receiver after Drake London. London and Hollins are doing okay but could produce a lot more. Jefferson should be able to improve production for the Falcons wide receivers.
Jefferson is an excellent addition to the Falcons and a much-needed one.
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