Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua wasted no time in adapting to the professional football scene. In the season opener, Nacua made an impressive 10 receptions for a total of 119 yards. He followed this up with an even more remarkable performance in the team’s loss to the 49ers on Sunday, wherein he made 15 catches and amassed 147 yards. This exceptional display sets a new record for the most catches made by a rookie player in a single game. Furthermore, Nacua now holds the record for the most catches made by a player in the first two games of their NFL career.
Rams head coach Sean McVay commended Nacua’s abilities in his postgame press conference, referring to him as a “stud.” McVay also highlighted the strong connection already established between Nacua and quarterback Matthew Stafford. However, Nacua’s focus lies less on personal achievements and more on the overall success of the team. During an interview with the team’s website, Nacua expressed his excitement for future victories, stating, “My success comes when the team wins. So I’m excited to come back and take advantage of it when we can win.”
Considering Nacua’s outstanding performance in the early stages of the 2023 season, it is evident that his personal accomplishments and the team’s success are closely intertwined.