Jack Del Rio on Amari Cooper: He’s a stud

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After the Raiders lost to the Redskins last Sunday, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said that wide receiver Amari Cooper‘s issue with dropped passes needs to be rectified after the wideout was credited with six drops in the first three weeks of the season.

That issue goes back beyond the start of this season for Cooper and it is part of a larger set of questions about the wideout’s performance. He has 10 catches for 101 yards this season and has 477 receiving yards in 12 games, including the playoffs, since the midpoint of last season.

On Twitter Thursday, Del Rio answered questions from fans who were concerned about the wideout’s production.

“I just want to remind everybody out there, one of the all-time greats, Jerry Rice, heard questions like this,” Del Rio said. “We love Amari Cooper. He’s a heck of a football player, he’s a stud. Let’s watch him do his thing.”

The comparison to Rice is a bit shaky as any ups and downs in Rice’s first three seasons were mitigated by 40 touchdown catches and leading the league in receiving yards during his second season with the 49ers. Cooper doesn’t have to reach those heights to change the conversation about his play, but getting back to where he was in the first half of last season would go a long way toward quieting any doubts that have popped up about his play.

13 responses to “Jack Del Rio on Amari Cooper: He’s a stud

  1. Amari is an incredibly talented player who goes long stretches of games, and whole games, without seeming to care or produce at all, he gets shut down by good teams and comparing him to Jerry Rice at this point is a complete joke. When the team needs a big catch they look to Crabtree or SETH ROBERTS for goodness sake.

  2. That’s good for Del Rio to bring up Jerry Rice. Rice dropped so many passes during his first three seasons. Many were TD passes. It was unbelievable. I think it cost the 49ers at least one super bowl. But he eventually started catching the ball. It has nothing to do with hand size. Rice had big hands. It’s all mental. Cooper will get it going. He is a stud.

  3. Watch every Raiders game. He gives up on routes at times see game in KC last yr on th deep throw and 1st pick Sunday night.
    The drops are killer because they are usually 3rd downs.
    However if he’s hit on the move he’s as good as beckman

  4. slick50kc says:

    September 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    He seems to be regressing. I know the coaching there is horrible.

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    Coaching isn’t as bad as it is in KC, I mean who can’t manage the game clock? Oh! That’s right Andy can’t…..

  5. raidernation210 says:

    September 29, 2017 at 7:21 am

    slick50kc says:

    September 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    He seems to be regressing. I know the coaching there is horrible.

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    Coaching isn’t as bad as it is in KC, I mean who can’t manage the game clock? Oh! That’s right Andy can’t…..

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    I’m more a Raiders fan than a Chiefs fan, but Andy Reid is probably the best coach in the NFL right now, and one of the best we’ve ever seen.

  6. Coaching isn’t as bad as it is in KC, I mean who can’t manage the game clock? Oh! That’s right Andy can’t…..
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    Game clock management or no, Andy and the Chiefs beat the Raiders like a drum. Check the scores.

  7. Well the Raiders haven’t been relevant until recently. The Chiefs have been pretty good for a while. I mean they won a playoff game just last year right and before that they won in .. what 1994. So yeah they have been burning up the NFL. They are good but let’s not just start acting like they are the Patriots. I actually like them but when push comes to shove they fold like lawn chairs.

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