Amari Cooper’s final days in Oakland have been a forgettable hodgepodge of inconsistency and head-scratching usage. After struggling through six matches under Jon Gruden, the Raiders’ top receiver has been shipped to Dallas, where he drifted once more.
During a radio interview with Pro Football Talk a week, Cooper reiterated the change of scenery was crucial to reboot his career.
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“Yeah. Whatever the circumstances may be, there are certain reasons why one location might not work for a guy and another location will, Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I believe that the change of scenery was really essential. I honestly, honestly, do not think if I would have stayed with the Raiders last season that I would have been able to flourish and attain some peaks that 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 the production discrepancy was his usage in Oakland.
“I really don’t believe it was a good fit for me,” he said. “I really don’t believe I was really able to showcase my skills there for all those reasons, I will call it extenuating circumstances. But for whatever reason, I wasn’t able to reach my heights and I sort of knew that I needed to be gone in order to do some of the things which I wished to do as an NFL player.
“I felt just like there are items that I needed to do out there on the field during the matches, certain plays that I wished to be known as and particular routes that I wanted to run that just were not part of the game program.”
After being unleashed in Dallas, Cooper appears poised for another huge year as the No. 1 goal in the Cowboys’ offense. New planner Kellen Moore plans to be more creative with his scheme and move the dynamic receiver around more than previous coaches, which might help generate positive matchups. Add in a full offseason of chemistry construction between Cooper and Dak Prescott, and it all portends a big season for the wideout, regardless of whether he is playing beneath a new big contract or not.
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