Raiders plan to make Amari Cooper the “headliner” of their offense

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Amari Cooper had a tough 2017 season, finishing with only 48 catches for 680 yards and seven touchdowns. The Raiders wide receiver dropped five passes, according to STATS, tying for ninth most in the league.

Derek Carr recently said Cooper played “on one foot” last season, and the receiver injured his left ankle and was diagnosed with a concussion in a Week 13 game against the Broncos.

New coach Jon Gruden has big plans for the former first-round draft pick.

“Oh, we think Cooper is going to be a great player,” Gruden said from the NFL Scouting Combine. “We think Amari is not only a great prospect, a great player, he’s a great person. He had a lot of injuries last year and that impacted him, but he’ll be the focal point of our pass offense. I hope he’s listening here today. I look forward to joining up with Amari Cooper. He’s got tremendous quickness. I think he’s smart. He’s versatile. He’s a gamer. He likes the bright lights. He’ll be the headliner in our offense.”

Cooper surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, so the Raiders have faith he can return to form in 2018.

25 responses to “Raiders plan to make Amari Cooper the “headliner” of their offense

  1. Hey! Thanks a lot for blowing my fantasy football plan. I was hoping to steal Cooper in the later rounds. I took him early last year. Now I’m going to have to take him sooner. RETURN TO GREATNESS!!!!

  2. While he inexplicably gets lauded as a QB guru, this is really where Gruden shines. His work with receivers over the years has been simply outstanding. Every receiver who works with him reaches another level, and I’d expect the Alabama version of Cooper to finally show up in the NFL now. There was no doubt the previous coaching staff was leaving a lot to be desired in how they used him.

  3. I just hope Chucky can undue all the damage done to Cooper and especially Carr by Todd Downing and JDR. But if any-one can it’s Chucky….

  4. That’s all fine and dandy, but he has to stay healthy to be the focal point, and he does not seem to be able to do that.

  5. Cooper was so poorly utilized last season, the injuries were legit but the game plans were awful too. A healthy, motivated Cooper being put in position to make plays is going to be tough to stop.

  6. If Coop is healthy, and Jon focuses on coaching the fundamentals of catching the ball in the offseason, Coop could easily tear the lid off. he’s a great player waiting to happen.

  7. The future offensive stars on this roster are leaning towards the bust catagory, fast. The new coaching staff being way overrated is a given. I see a good battle with the donkeys for the cellar once again.

  8. Carr is starting to wear on me…after ever loss it’s on me I need to play better, Cooper was on one foot.

    Fact is the amount of money you’re making…the expectation is you make everyone around you better.

  9. chiefsfolife says:
    February 28, 2018 at 10:17 am
    Mahomes couldn’t care less…
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    Who?

  10. slick50kc says:

    February 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    The future offensive stars on this roster are leaning towards the bust catagory, fast. The new coaching staff being way overrated is a given. I see a good battle with the donkeys for the cellar once again.
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    Mahomes will be a turnover machine! Can’t wait to watch.

  11. realfootballfan says:

    Every receiver who works with him reaches another level
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    That’s simply not true.

  12. Cooper was excellent for the Raiders in his first 2 years but a huge disappointment in 2017. I expect a big rebound year for him in 2018 because he’ll be looking for a huge contract when his rookie deal expires.

  13. chiefsfolife says:
    February 28, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Mahomes couldn’t care less…

    ===========================

    I’m old enough to remember well when the Chiefs org. and their fans were equally excited about Todd Blackledge who was the last QB before Mahomes that they spent a 1st round pick on. Of course the Chiefs passed on future HOFers Jim Kelly & Dan Marino in order to take Blackledge.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Mahomes have a similar career to Blackledge.

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