Amari Cooper: I know what I’m worth, and I know I can play football

AP

Whatever the Raiders thought of Amari Cooper, the receiver has proved them wrong. Or more correctly, as Cooper likes to say, he’s proved the Cowboys right.

Cooper looks every bit worth the first-round draft pick the Cowboys gave up for him in an October trade with the Raiders.

“He is such a complete player for us,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “When you see him not make much, not have many plays, not have many targets early and then turn around and change the game like that, then you realize what kind of impact that he can have. So I’m proud for everybody out there. The first think I saw Dak smiling, ‘Boy, we like that [Cooper], buddy!’ So it’s a good feeling.”

Cooper caught 10 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the 15-yard game-winner in overtime against the Eagles on Sunday.

“I feel like that’s who I am,” Cooper said. “I feel like I can make those plays to help my team win. You know I did it in college a lot. In Oakland, I did it sometimes. But my whole goal is just to be more consistent and to be able to provide that type of play for my team every week.”

Cooper made 22 catches for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games for the Raiders this season. He has 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns in six games for the Cowboys.

In the past three games, Cooper has 26 catches for 473 yards and five touchdowns.

“When I thought of playing in the NFL as a youth, this is the perfect example of that,” Cooper said. “For everything from the city, the facilities, winning, watching that defense out there, watching that offense out there, it’s a dream come true.”

Cooper heard all the talk that the Cowboys overpaid for him. He heard the whispers from Oakland that he wasn’t worth the price.

“Of course,” Cooper said. “I mean, with social media, you hear everything. But I know what I’m worth, and I know I can play football. So it didn’t really bother me.”

66 responses to “Amari Cooper: I know what I’m worth, and I know I can play football

  1. I was wrong about Jerry going crazy and giving up a 1st round pick for Cooper. Both of those Prime Time games and helping take them from bottom to the top of their division he is worth 2 first rounders.

  2. Well worth it. Highlights showed Carr was not on the most accurate QB in the league. My dude is ballin’!

  3. When everyone laughs at the Cowboys for spending a 1st round pick on him, only for him to show he’s more worthy than just a 1st round pick.

  4. It’s funny how all of a sudden people are calling out Gruden for the trade, when initially he was being hailed. I gotta say it’s funny how some of you folks have suddenly spoken up. Cooper had basically no personality in Oakland and was super lax. He’s always been an elite route runner but he dropped too many balls and was super soft and didn’t seem to care. Coop playing really well shouldn’t surprise anyone. The real surprise is how he suddenly seems to give a damn and no longer acts like a robot. It was a rare instance of a solid trade for both teams. Chances are the Raiders won’t land as good of a player, but they may wnd up with a good one, and for a lot cheaper.

  5. Definitely exciting to watch the boys play right now. Cooper has been worth it, but we need him to keep producing big time if we are going go make a run.

  6. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    December 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Well worth it. Highlights showed Carr was not on the most accurate QB in the league. My dude is ballin’!
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    Carr’s accuracy has nothing to do with Cooper’s ability to hold on to a ball. In fact since Cooper was traded, Carr’s accuracy has improved. And he hasn’t thrown a pick since Cooper left. Having said that, I am happy that Cooper is doing well. Obviously he needed a change to regain his passion.

  7. Gruden is going to bring you back though Raider fans. Trust him. However, he couldn’t even get this guy the ball. He went to Dallas, not exactly the bastion of offensive geniuses, and has made their whole offense go. But hey, Gruden is going to fix it with spider wide bannana right or whatever that silly play is he loves to quote.

  8. This man sold his soul to be an adequate football player. I’m sorry but I’ve seen the real amaro Cooper and with the exception of the blow up game he has had two times since in Dallas it’s all a facade. He was halfway to Canada before he got dealt to Dallas. This guy mailed it in at Oakland and he will do it again. I can’t believe what I’m seeing in Dallas he is not this good of a player.

  9. Have to give old Jerruh Jones credit for trading for Cooper. He has made an immediate impact on the Cowboys. The question is, how much money is Jerruh willing to fork over to keep him, and then will he as motivated as he is now?

  10. Can you do it consistently?

    Can you do it without the Cowboys moving you around to make sure you are matched up on Sidney Jones and then force feeding you 13 targets while you get away with blatant OPIon a long td?

    You’ve got Pierre Desir outside and Kenny Moore in the slot next week. So another 200 yd game is in order, right?

  11. The low character and him basically admitting that he only gives it all for winning times fits right in with Dez Bryant types. I’m happy he’s happy winning right now. But soon the boys will need to anty up for Tyron Smith 17 mill, Elliot 15 mill+ Dak 15 mill+ Cooper 15 mill+. Something’s gotta give. Meanwhile though they are no automatic hof’s, Raiders have five first round picks the next two years. Nothing’s guaranteed but I think the Raiders are fine for the near future.

  12. I said my Skins should give up a 1st for him before the Coyboys actually did.

    Going to a team that doesn’t have a true #1, he’s more valuable than to some team that already has one.

  13. I’m a cowboy fan, when this trade went down I thought we were going to be giving up a high draft pick.. now, he has turned this team into winners and that draft pick will probably be in the late 20’s. I’m ok with giving up a late first rounder if it means we make the playoffs… I thought we were dead in the water 5 weeks ago.

  14. therealraider ,

    You mean like Bruce Gradkowski and Aaron Brooks? Ben Roethlisberger has never won in Oakland and regularly gets beat by them, and you realize that his career has run parallel to the Raiders being terrible, don’t you? So yeah, bark about that. Like really,and he didn’t even play half the game today. That’s some pathetic stuff to hang your hat on.

  15. This dude is a skilled player, but his disappearing act got old in Oakland, and he wasn’t playing with any swagger at all.
    When he has a food game it’s a big game, but then he is queit for 3 to 4 games ..but maybe he will suddenly be different in Dallas?

  16. Great trade for both teams. Oakland is rebuilding and stockpile draft picks. Cowboys in win now mode

  17. I was skeptical of the trade and didn’t think he was worth the 1st round pick. I will now totally eat those words and say that Cooper has absolutely proven his worth for giving up that 1st rounder. The one thing I would like to know is what was Gruden thinking when he was trading him ?

  18. The only one who’s ever been able to stop Amari Cooper is Amari Cooper. He drops passes and quits on routes. He dropped big time clutch passes at Alabama too. Get a good look at him now because he’ll disappear soon. If he ever decides to dedicate himself to being a great football player, he’ll be among the best in the game.

  19. I hope defensive coordinators hear you about Cooper’s lack of talent and continue to try to cover him one on one. Personally I perfer you take a guy out of the box and double Cooper I’d like to see Zeke go over 2500.

  20. “Can you do it without the Cowboys moving you around to make sure you are matched up on Sidney Jones”

    Eagles decide where their defenders play. Get smarter coaches.

  21. It doesn’t matter how good Cooper is…once Dallas pays him…they will have effectively been eliminated from Superbowl contention…just like every team with an expensive WR…so yeah…please Dallas…pay Amari $20 million per year…while you still have to pay Zeke, Dak, and a defense…Vander Esch is the truth btw…

  22. Good riddance. Guy was like Randy Moss on the Raiders. A worthless slug.

    Trade the pick for 2 or 3 picks and replace Cooper with some much-needed depth.

  23. you were able to hold onto the ball a couple times for 8 or 9 game stretches for the Raiders too. Wait till he drops one Dallas, # 2.3.4.5.6 etc are soon to follow.

  24. He’s certainly been amazing so far, and if the Cowboys win it all no one will ever question it.

    But if they don’t, and get bounced in he playoffs again, I still wonder how this trade looks. We’ll know in a year or two when the contract dust settles and Jerry has all of these guys with their hands out. Can’t pay everybody.

  25. Getting away from Jon Gruden was the cure for Amari Cooper’s on-field ills. In his first 2 years with the Raiders, Cooper had excellent numbers because there was competent offensive coaching (under Bill Musgrave).

    And Cooper is certainly not the only player that has excelled elsewhere after Gruden got rid of him.

  26. When coop is motivated he can be one of the best, too bad that motivation fell flat in oaktown. Plus having SE gal as an agent sure didn’t help. Same as macks.
    Raiders wanted no part in stuffing his pockets after the Mack deal went south.

  27. People should quit bashing the Raiders over his case. He admitted himself he wasnt motivated anymore in Oakland. What do you do with a player thats supposed to be a part of your foundation but that has quit on the team and is heading to his last year of contract?… Plus in his 4th year with Carr they could not get “Chemistry” right for whatever reason. And dont start bashing Carr because he had plenty of chemistry with Crabtree, has plenty with Cook now, etc.

  28. We will know who won this trade in about 3 years. Can Cooper keep up the production and stay motivated? Too many people want immediate answers and it doesn’t work that way.

  29. The trade woke Cooper up; Cowboy fans need to hope that after he is paid he will remain as motivated.

  30. “Wait till he drops one Dallas”

    He dropped one last night. Hit him square in the chest. Then he went on to catch about 6 more for 150+ yards and two TDs.

  31. “We will know who won this trade in about 3 years. Can Cooper keep up the production and stay motivated? Too many people want immediate answers and it doesn’t work that way.”

    That’s an interesting comment. You want to ignore his immediate impact and wait three years to assess the trade? This trade wasn’t made with three years from now in mind.

  32. I said it from the start and people laughed. He would be a difference maker, he would open up the field for Zeke and the other receivers including Beas and Gallup nevermine less defenders in the box for Zeke. Well worth the pick like I said then , need immediate results not time to wait for draft pick to develop then take his talents to another team.

  33. Somehow it’s Gruden’s fault that Cooper is playing better so far in Dallas. Even though Coop admitted he wasn’t all in all the time in Oaktown.
    So who do you blame for Jared Cook’s elevation to one of the top producing TE’s in the league? Mike McCarthy?

  34. Gruden got two separate teams a division title in one year with two terrible trades. Who trades two cornerstone players in one season? These bad draft picks will be the real doozy though when we still see Raider fans trying to spin it like they’ve been doing all year. What from this first draft class back gives any of you faith this is going to get better. The Raider rookies are among the worst classes in the league outside of Hurst who fell to them because of his medical problems.

  35. Will Cowboys fans say it’s worth it if the Cowboys don’t make the Superbowl and they cannot resign Cooper? In that scenario you gave up a first rounder to rent a player for a few months. The cost to tag Demarcus is over 20 million next year. Jerry has already said he plans to sign Dak and has suggested a fully guaranteed deal. That will be at least in the range of 26-29 million per year. At some point, Zeke is going to want his money and Cooper has made it clear he’s playing for money and ain’t gonna be cheap. You pay those 4 top dollar then the rest of your roster suffers, like your o-line, etc.

  36. wttoolman says:
    December 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    Here come the morons commenting about the impending contract doom….

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    Okay, I’m a moron, but there’s no way you can pay Demarcus, Dak, Zeke and Amari and put anyone around them.

  37. ohio477034473 says:
    December 10, 2018 at 8:40 am
    We will know who won this trade in about 3 years. Can Cooper keep up the production and stay motivated? Too many people want immediate answers and it doesn’t work that way.
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    Half of the trade will be judged now. Will have to wait and see how the draft pick works out later, about 3 years or so from now. Get it?

  38. Dallas needs to pay Dak 28 mill a year and Cooper is worth about 20 mill a year. Garrett should be extended for 5 more years too.

  39. it has nothing to do with the first round pick…it’s more about him getting the most money ever for a wr…it’s probably going to be right around a 5 year deal for 100 million, and around 50 million guaranteed- the better he does for the cowboys, the higher the price goes up, but segal will make him the highest paid WR ever…that is just a fact.

  40. I keep seeing Oakland fans pointing out how the Raiders are in rebuild mode and that they will eventually be the winners of these horrific trades. The problem is Davis gave Jon Gruden $100m to rebuild this team, and Gruden’s biggest flaw might just be his drafting ability. And it’s looking like both of the 2019 picks will be towards the back end of the first round. Meanwhile, both Mack and Cooper are playing like the high first round draft picks that they are.

  41. i love how every comment was “there’s no way he’s worth a 1st round pick. stupid jerry…” when the trade first happened

    and now it’s “i knew he was worth a 1st round pick”

  42. Why do people think someone needs to win a trade. Dallas won the trade now and Oakland wins trade in the future … so both teams benefit from the trade right?

  43. People say that Cooper has saved ‘Opie Process’ (Garrett) job. Well, let’s wait until the Cowboys go one and done in the playoffs!

  44. BeeSmart says:
    December 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    We the fans of the Dallas Cowboys would love to wish Jon Gruden Amari-Christmas
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    Winner of the best post in the thread!

  45. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    December 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    Can you do it consistently?

    Can you do it without the Cowboys moving you around to make sure you are matched up on Sidney Jones and then force feeding you 13 targets while you get away with blatant OPIon a long td?

    You’ve got Pierre Desir outside and Kenny Moore in the slot next week. So another 200 yd game is in order, right?

    28 62 Rate This

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    And 32 yards. Same old Amari.

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