Amari Cooper’s final days in Oakland were a forgettable hodgepodge of inconsistency and head-scratching usage. After fighting through six matches under Jon Gruden, the Raiders’ top receiver was shipped to Dallas, where he starred once more.
During a radio interview with Pro Football Talk last week, Cooper reiterated that the change of scenery was crucial to reboot his career.
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“Yeah. Whatever the circumstances may be, there are particular reasons why one place might not work to get a man and another location will, Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I think the change of scenery was really necessary. I honestly, honestly, don’t think if I would have stayed with the Raiders last season that I would have managed to flourish and attain some peaks that I was able 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 manufacturing discrepancy was his suspicious usage in Oakland.
“I really don’t believe it was a fantastic match for me,” he explained. “I really don’t think I was actually able to showcase my abilities there for all those reasons, I will call it extenuating circumstances. However, for whatever reasonI was not able to reach my heights and I kind of knew that I had to be gone in order to perform some of the things which I wanted to perform as an NFL player.
“I felt just like there are things that I needed to do out there on the area during the games, certain plays I wanted to be called and particular routes that I wanted to run that just weren’t a part of the game plan.”
After being unleashed in Dallas, Cooper seems poised for another big year as the No. 1 target from the Cowboys’ offense. New planner Kellen Moore intends to be more creative with his scheme and move the dynamic receiver around more than previous trainers, which might help generate positive matchups. Add in a complete offseason of chemistry building between Cooper and Dak Prescott, and it portends a big season for the wideout, regardless of whether he is playing under a new huge contract or not.
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