Derek Carr says Amari Cooper looks so good, it’s ridiculous

AP

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr says rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper is even better than advertised.

Carr said on 95.7 The Game that Cooper, whom the Raiders drafted out of Alabama with the fourth overall pick, has looked even better than expected through two months of offseason work.

“He is ridiculous in and out of his breaks,” said Carr. “His style of play is perfect for this league. He’s good at getting on toes and creating separation. He’s good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It’s just little things that honestly people don’t even notice.”

Although Carr and Cooper have only been teammates since late April, they’ve already spent a lot of time working together. Carr said he and Cooper are developing a rapport through extra work beyond the team’s minicamp and Organized Team Activities.

“His work ethic is second to none,” Carr said. “I was throwing with him as soon as mini-camp was over so we can get more reps in, and our plan was to throw a couple more times, but he texted me that night. He said, ‘hey, let’s throw at least three more times. I need to get this one route right.’ Just him telling me that kind of stuff, it blew my mind.”

In Carr and Cooper, the Raiders may have a couple of big pieces in place, for years to come.

89 responses to “Derek Carr says Amari Cooper looks so good, it’s ridiculous

  1. It’s gonna be fun watching them get better and better together for years to come.

  2. Not a Raiders fan but excited to see this blossoming combination. It’s going to be great watching Oakland reclaim their rightful spot as the best Bay Area team and all the Santa Clara bandwagoners abandon their sinking ship en masse like rats.

  3. I don’t know anything about the Raiders, but I think @philvil41 might be right about this one. If they can get it together and can pass protect, then they might be able cause match-up problems right out of the gate. Good luck!

  4. Yeah this time last year, Dri Archer was blowing people away with his explosive runs and plays in minicamps.

    Then he did SQUAT in the regular season.

    Maybe we should wait until september to start crowning people.

  5. I’m excited about Amari Cooper because he looks like he could be the real deal – an impact player like Mack is on D. On a cautionary note however, a lot will be revealed about Carr and the offensive coaches in how they deal with the fact that Cooper is really the only quality WR on the roster and as such will face double-coverage at all times (Raiders shouldn’t have released James Jones as Crabtree is a downgrade).

  6. I think a lot of people have the same feelings about Cooper in the same way many did about Megatron, you could just see greatness when they were coming out of College. It’s easy to cheer for a guy when you know there’s no sense of entitlement, he’s just there to work.

  7. As a long suffering Lions fan, I can empathize with Raider nation and look forward to their resurgence and seeing some new blood in the winner’s circle

  8. I think the Raiders are a sad sack organization but they may have something going on there.

  9. The problem is Derek Carr is Just an Andy Dalton clone. A good, not great QB.

  10. It’s been a rough decade or so for Raiders fans, so it’s nice to see some rays of hope for them. Even as a Patriots fan, I hope both of those guys are the real deal.

  11. I’m very excited about Amari Cooper as he looks like he could be a real-deal impact player. I will say however that Carr and the Raiders coaching staff had better be prepared to deal with the fact that Cooper will face double coverage from opening day forward. Unfortunately Cooper looks like the only true quality WR on the roster and Crabtree is certainly not an improvement over James Jones.

  12. Yawn. The problem here is Carr wouldnt recognize “ridiculous” unless of course you were referring to his passing stats from last year.

    4-12 please!

  13. 2-3yrs TOPS! The raiders will be on top. Huge pieces are already in place.

  14. doggz109 says:
    Jul 1, 2015 7:43 AM

    Work ethic second to none? Carr should take some notes from Peyton Manning on work ethic.
    *********************************************

    Peyton Manning is finished and now irrelevant, just like the Donkeys.

  15. I hope he is as good as all the hype. If true he will be fun to watch, however I wait to judge until the pads are on, there are a lot of players who look great in shorts who we never hear from again once the real season starts.

  16. Nice to see the Raiders may be on the rise. Someone out west has to. SC going backwards, and it’s all but over for the Seadderal team.

  17. You mean a teammate complimenting another teammate on how good he is during training camp that he’s better than he thought.

    NOOOOOOOO WAAAAY!!

  18. Make jokes all you want but the NFL is a better place when the Raiders are relevant……. And with the young talent on this roster I believe that for the first time in a long time this franchise is headed in a positive direction.

    “The autumn wind is a Raider”

  19. It’s been a long time since I thought the Raiders could actually be a problem. If they can manage not to screw up their young talent they have a chance to be relevant again.

  20. I’m not a Raider fan in fact I hate them. But I watched Derek Carr at fresno state and I really wish the Browns would have taken him so I could root for him. I still can’t believe they took Manzel that was the dumbest move in the draft. And now he has cooper oh man. The only problem I forsee for Carr is his new offensive coordinator he is way to predictable just ask Mannings leg… but truly the Raiders are on the right path and in a few years maybe pretty good…

  21. what are all you people talking about? cooper will face double coverage from day one? no he won’t. he’s a very talented player, but he doesn’t have great size. this isn’t randy moss or calvin johnson. there are plenty of CBs in the nfl that can cover him man to man, and just because the raiders don’t have a great WR core doesn’t mean he’ll face doubles right off the bat. he will face double teams when he shows opposing defenses that he demands double teams. you people are nuts

  22. gmfw7 says:
    Jul 1, 2015 8:40 AM
    what are all you people talking about? cooper will face double coverage from day one? no he won’t. he’s a very talented player, but he doesn’t have great size. this isn’t randy moss or calvin johnson. there are plenty of CBs in the nfl that can cover him man to man, and just because the raiders don’t have a great WR core doesn’t mean he’ll face doubles right off the bat. he will face double teams when he shows opposing defenses that he demands double teams. you people are nuts

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    I disagree. Most defensive game plans have a double team built in when not blitzing. Because there are no other real receiving threats on the roster, double coverage is going to default to Cooper. Crabtree is the only other potential candidate for extra attention, but it is rare to double a possession receiver.

  23. jordiway73 says:
    Jul 1, 2015 8:47 AM

    Having a great wide receiver means nothing. We have megatron and can’t even win a playoff game.
    _______________________________
    At least you guys have a QB with an arm.
    We have a great WR in AJ Green but have the Ginger Snap boy lobbing wounded ducks to him.

  24. Great pick. Greedy pig in me wanted him to slip to NYG and see a Beckham/Cooper combo but I am glad the Raiders got him and hope he is does well. Good luck RaiderNation.

  25. With the successful picks that teams have had picking right after the Jaguars, I’d say he’s gonna be a first ballot hall of famer.

  26. I’m a huge Bills fan, but I got to say I’ve always pulled for the Raiders just cause…their jerseys are awesome, and I just love what they’ve done the past couple of sesaons adding young talent like mack, carr, cooper, and several other key pieces. I wish the Bills could find a guy like Derek Carr, it’d be a lot more exciting to see a QB talkin like that about Sammy Watkins lol but I love to see things like this. go Raids.

  27. Last year the Raiders did well in the draft for the first time in a long time. Hopefully this past draft turns out to be their second successful draft in a row. I wouldn’t expect much from them this year.

    However, if Manning retires after this year and Rivers leaves the division or retires, both possible scenarios, then the Raiders will have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Good for them.

  28. .
    so they have a great receiver…
    but dont you need a quarterback to go with that?
    Jets 2.0

  29. He was the best player in the draft the other three teams ahead of the Raiders in 5 years will be thinking why didn’t we take this guy?

  30. I’m hoping that both of these guys pan out for the Raiders. Broncos fan here who respects what Al Davis was and feel we could use a few more owners like him now.

  31. They may only win 5 games or so this year but two of those will be against the Chiefs!
    Maybe the Chiefs will actually throw a touchdown to a WR this year. Maybe.

  32. All jokes aside the Chiefs could find themselves in 4th place at the end of the season. I look at all the improvements the other 3 teams have made and say it could be a rough season for the Chiefs. Also a very difficult schedule for them.

  33. This time of year fans of every team are excited, every team will do well next season, and draft picks are reported to look good and be immediate impact players. When the season sets in we return to normal.

  34. I wanted the Raiders to draft Megatron instead of JaMarcus Russell that year. I’m hoping the football gods that Cooper is the payback for that disaster.

  35. I’m a big believer in “Show, don’t tell.”

    If Cooper is in fact the secret weapon that Carr and the Raiders intended to exploit towards victory this season, wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to not publicize that? If only to prevent unrealistic expectations from setting in.

  36. jwm042085 says:
    Jul 1, 2015 9:24 AM
    I’m a huge Bills fan, but I got to say I’ve always pulled for the Raiders just cause…their jerseys are awesome, and I just love what they’ve done the past couple of sesaons adding young talent like mack, carr, cooper, and several other key pieces. I wish the Bills could find a guy like Derek Carr, it’d be a lot more exciting to see a QB talkin like that about Sammy Watkins lol but I love to see things like this. go Raids.

    You are cool man!

  37. kcflake says:
    Jul 1, 2015 9:20 AM
    Good Player. Enjoy the 4 wins you guys will see. His talent will probably be wasted in Oakland. Go Chiefs!

    Raiders will win at least one game against your sorry QB and team.. ha ha ha Just like last year remember guy?

  38. AFC West better get the Raiders this year because they won’t be getting them for a while. Hope the haters enjoyed the 12 year sabbatical because it’s about to be over!

  39. This season is going to dictate what kind of qb caliber Carr is going to be..to those of you who said he dumped his passes off..who did he have to throw to last year?? Now that he’s got a true #1 let’s what he can do

  40. They’ll have a good connection for years to come, but team as a whole is still a few years off. But I’m totally looking out for Cooper in my fantasy draft.

  41. jordiway73 says:
    Jul 1, 2015 8:47 AM

    Having a great wide receiver means nothing. We have megatron and can’t even win a playoff game.

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    Without Megatron you guys wouldn’t even make the playoffs.

  42. Love my Raiders, but I wanna see it proved on the field with Cooper and Carr. It’s always a crap shoot with WR’s, I don’t care how good they looked in college. As for Carr, if he will get the ball down the field more, he will be a good QB. But I need to see it happen first.

    Go Raiders..35 days til football starts boys!!!

  43. the sleeper is going to be the TE they drafted. with all the attention going to cooper look for Clive to have a solid rookie season.

  44. Too bad that noodle-armed check down machine is throwing to him.

    How’s it feel, Joe?

  45. @pats4rings makes a GREAT point, the NFL is better when old school teams like the Raiders, Steelers and Cowboys (begrudgingly I have to add them too) are relevant. Whether you love or hate those teams you WANT to see them win or lose. Good luck to the Raiders with this young, talented duo as well as the other pieces.

  46. The Raiders remind me of the Saints Payton’s frist year. JD may have landed the best coaching spot in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if they make a serious playoff push this year. And, I’m a Saints fan saying this.

  47. If you’re not happy for the Raiders, then you’re not a fan of the NFL (save fans of division foes, of course).

  48. sorry for my earlier comments. i let trash talking get the best of me. the league is better when the raiders are relevant. the raider/bronco rivalry is always fun when both teams are in the hunt. no disrespect to the bolts or chiefs. the wild afc west needs to come to power again. unite the fans!

  49. C to Shining C, crown thy good with td’s in the hood.

    Go Raiders…Happy 4th of July.

  50. Derek Carr was the best QB in that draft and the browns took a undersized headcase instead
    Raiders will be a team to be reckoned with in the future

  51. I’m not a Raiders fan but I love Carr, he was a stud in college and the fact that they got both him and Mack last year and Amari this year is just insane. They keep up these baller draft picks and I can see them getting towards the top of the division (Post Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers era, that is)

  52. This is all good to hear for any new NFL player, but let’s wait to see how he does once he gets a few NFL hits and how he runs his routes once he gets smacked and his nose is in his helmet’s ear-hole.

    Usually after a few good hits, the receiver starts getting gator arms, head constantly swiveling around, and the routes decay from being precise to rough.

  53. So I should draft Carr and Cooper 1st and 2nd rd in my fantasy draft………..Nawwwwwwwwt

    Agree that I do like when the Raiders are good.
    It helps when they have pyschotic defense players who cheat/bend the rules.
    Those days are gone I believe

  54. Well lets see how good Cooper looks when he has to face Chris Harris and Aqib Talib twice a year…

    -BroncosCountry

  55. If you read/listen to the whole interview you should also add in your article that Carr had great things to say about Michael Crabtree that caught me by surprise. Looks like Crabs is serious this offseason, which is good news for us!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!

  56. araidersfan says:
    Jul 1, 2015 7:02 AM

    I’m excited about Amari Cooper because he looks like he could be the real deal – an impact player like Mack is on D. On a cautionary note however, a lot will be revealed about Carr and the offensive coaches in how they deal with the fact that Cooper is really the only quality WR on the roster and as such will face double-coverage at all times (Raiders shouldn’t have released James Jones as Crabtree is a downgrade).
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    Crabtree and Jones are similar, but Crabtree is younger and has a larger catch radius. Streater is tall and fast, and has good hands. Missing most of last season didn’t help his development, but he can play. I’m more concerned about Carr’s development, the rush game, pass rush, and secondary than I am about the receivers.

  57. As a BAMA fan i know exactly the kind of guy the Raiders have gotten in Coop. For all of his success, he is beyond humble, all he wants to do is get better and be the best teammate he can be. I’ll be honest, i was nervous for him getting drafted by the Raiders. Fair or not, some teams have the reputation right now of being a place where great placers go and struggle. I really hope that the Raiders are on the upswing, Coop is certainly a great player for any team to have, but maybe the combination of him and Carr is whats needed to help get them out of their slump. best of luck to you Amari!! ROLL TIDE!!!

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