Former BYU WR Puka Nacua makes history in his second NFL start

Nacua was targeted 20 times for 147 yards on Sunday as the Rams lost to the 49ers.

(Stephen Brashear | AP) Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua celebrates after a catch against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Seattle.

Puka Nacua’s first two weeks on the job in Los Angeles haven’t been bad.

The former BYU wide receiver became the first player in NFL history to begin his career with two games of at least 100 yards receiving and 10 catches.

Nacua set a rookie record with 15 catches in the Rams’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, and his 25 total receptions through the first two weeks is also an NFL rookie record.

Nacua went for 147 yards and 15 receptions on Sunday for the Rams.

With all-pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp injured to star the year, Nacua has become quarterback Matthew Stafford’s security blanket. On Sunday, he was targeted 20 times. The Rams lost to the 49ers 30-23, but Nacua averaged 9.8 yards per catch. He accounted for nearly 50 percent of Stafford’s passing yards.

Nacua made his NFL debut last week in Seattle. He had 10 catches for 119 yards on 15 targets.