Amari Cooper’s final days in Oakland were a forgettable hodgepodge of inconsistency and head-scratching usage. After struggling through six games under Jon Gruden, the Raiders’ top receiver was sent to Dallas, where he drifted once again.
During a radio interview with Pro Football Talk last week, Cooper reiterated that the change of scenery was crucial to reboot his livelihood.
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“Yeah. Whatever the situation may be, there are certain reasons why one place might not work for a guy and another location will, Cooper said, through the Dallas Morning News. “I think the change of scenery was really necessary. I honestly, honestly, do not think if I would have stayed with the Raiders last year I would have managed to flourish and reach some peaks I managed to achieve as a Cowboy. It was definitely necessary.”
In 11 games with Dallas, including playoffs, Cooper averaged 81.45 receiving yards per tilt and scored 7 TDs. In six matches with Gruden’s Raiders, the wideout generated 46.6 getting yards with one TD. Cooper considers part of this manufacturing discrepancy was his suspicious usage in Oakland.
“I don’t think it was a good match for me,” he said. “I don’t believe I was actually able to showcase my abilities there for all those reasons, I’ll call it extenuating circumstances. However, for whatever reasonI wasn’t able to achieve my peaks and that I kind of knew that I had to be gone to be able to do a few of the things which I wanted to perform as an NFL player.
“I felt just like there are things that I wanted to do out there on the field during the games, certain plays that I wished to be called and certain routes I wished to conduct that just weren’t part of the game plan.”
Following being unleashed in Dallas, Cooper seems poised for another big year as the No. 1 goal in the Cowboys’ offense. New planner Kellen Moore plans to be creative with his strategy and move the dynamic receiver around over previous coaches, which might help create positive matchups. Add in a complete offseason of chemistry building between Cooper and Dak Prescott, and it portends a major year for the wideout, regardless of whether he’s playing under a new big arrangement or not.
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