Amari Cooper’s goal: 2,000 yards

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No NFL player has ever generated 2,000 receiving yards in a single season. If Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has his way, that will change in the NFL’s 100th season.

Cooper tells #PFTPM in an interview that will be posted on Monday that his goal for his first full season in Dallas is 2,000 yards.

His best season came in 2016, with 1,153 receiving yards. However, his 725 yards in nine games with Dallas last season after a trade from Oakland translates to 1,288 over the course of a full year. And that’s an impressive feat, given that he had to learn a new offense on the fly.

Also impressive is the fact that Cooper had games of 180 yards and 217 yards last season. If he can do that more often, he can pile up a lot of yardage. He needs to average 125 per game to get to 2,000.

Is that unrealistic? Sure. But an unrealistic goal sometimes pushes a player to achieve more than he ever would if the goal was more realistic. So if Cooper wants 2,000 yards but gets something like 1,500, that would still be a great year.

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53 responses to “Amari Cooper’s goal: 2,000 yards

  1. >>Is that unrealistic? Sure. But an unrealistic goal sometimes pushes a player to achieve more than he ever would if the goal was more realistic. So if Cooper wants 2,000 yards but gets something like 1,500, that would still be a great year.

    Cooper has the same chance of getting 2,000 yards as I do.

  2. Amari Cooper is not an elite receiver, but he’s above average. The problem is that he wants to be paid as if he’s elite. The boys are going to have salary cap problems next year, as that seems to be a running theme with that team. Average or slightly above average players who want elite money

  3. well… if he ever is able to get rid of that over 13% drop rate he has for his career. perhaps he could… Good Luck Dallas, he disappears for games at a time, and drops way too many balls..

  4. Sure. Amari Cooper is a drop machine that disappears for weeks at a time. The drop on 3rd & 7 in the playoff game is classic Amari Cooper. Thanks for the pick! Dallas can pay him north of 18 million

  5. The challenge with that goal is that if you’re tearing it up for the first half of the season, by the second half of the year you are never going to see single coverage and your production (at least stats) are going to tail off. Not saying it’s impossible or someone won’t do it, but they will have to be in a serious pass-first offense and will need the second half schedule to line up favorably. Seems like in this case Ezekiel Elliot is going to cut into that plan somehow even if Cooper is having a career year.

  6. here comes the part where other men start to chastise somebody for having big goals…

    Let’s get it Coop! Great addition to the team last year. While 2000 is a super stretch goal, nothing great has ever been accomplished by dreaming small.

  7. He wants to do this with Dak and Dunk as the QB and Garrett as the coach? Those are pretty lofty goals!

  8. I can’t knock him for having a big goal. But much better receivers than him have failed to eclipse 2,000 yards. Given his YPC in Dallas and throughout his career, he would have to break the single season catches record to get 2,000 yards.

  9. Wes Welker had 1569 in 2011. He topped Coopers 1153 yards FIVE times over his career in NE.

  10. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    June 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    Sorry, but Thielen or Diggs will beat you to it Amari.

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    And they still won’t win any games against teams with winning records

  11. A lot will depend on Moore’s offense. Hopefully it won’t be a reply of Linehan’s offense. The Cowboys have been built as a run first offense. They have a RB that wants the ball. That alone will make it hard for Cooper to have a 2000 yard season. Amari would need many big long bombs and big YAC to come near 2000 yards in that offense. 1300 to 1500 yards for Cooper would be an outstanding season.

  12. In business, we set goals that we think are acheivable and stretch goals for when every thing goes perfect. 2000 yards is a perfectly acceptable stretch goal. The question is what is his real goal?

  13. I doubt Dallas’ offensive gameplan will allow Cooper to achieve this. If they target him enough to catch for that many yards it will become ridiculously easy for defenses to see those passes coming.

    Nothing wrong with lofty goals, but if they’re not realistic then they’re not really worth anything.

  14. If healthy all year long I predict 2037 yards with 24 TD’s. This season will be so much fun! Good to be Cowboys fan! Is anyone more hated? We love it!

  15. Hate to sound like a salty Raiders fan, but that’s preposterous, “stretch goal” or not. Now, if Antonio Brown had said it that might actually be possible.

  16. Doesn’t really matter who the QB is, whether Cooper is elite or if he drops the ball — the realistic point is that with the Cowboys O-line and RB, too many offensive snaps will go to the running game to make it logistically possible for one Cowboys WR to accumulate 2000 yards.

  17. Dak wont throw for more then 2,500 yards. I’m sure if Coop is getting 90% of the yards weekly. He’ll get triple teamed. Goals are good but fantasizing is bad.

  18. That team sure got alot better offensively when they traded for him, that’s for sure. He could blow up this year.

  19. Players like Cooper just need to stick with I’m going to try to catch every pass and get as many yards as I can.
    At the end of the year he’ll be blaming everyone but himself for not getting 2000.

  20. I actually think not having Beasley will make it a lot harder for him to hit 1000 yards.

  21. If he was on my Lions he would be the best in the biz because anything my Lions do is the smartest and best move. You can tell this by our track record of only one playoff win in 62 years.

  22. Amari lacks toughness as a receiver. If you watch him in games where defenses play him physical and hit him in the mouth he disappears, sometimes for a few games. Pop him early and you don’t have to worry about him. Also going to be hard when the offense goes through Zeke first and his QB is more of a game manager type QB. 1200 yards at the most.

  23. Cooper can say whatever he wants. It’s just talk. Just something for the media to write about. He knows he isn’t getting anywhere close to 2000 yards. Several reasons why..for starters he isn’t physical enough. He does not win and the line of scrimmage. He cant handle physical press man type corners. He is also WAY to inconsistent. He will have a good game or two then disappear for 2 or 3 games. As a raider fan I will admit he is a good receiver..but to put up 2000 yards..he has to play at a elite hall of fame type level..and then some…he will never be elite. I dont see the hall of fame in his future. He should just try focusing on being consistant..instead of talking about numbers he will never get close to.

  24. The boys are going to have salary cap problems next year, as that seems to be a running theme with that team. Average or slightly above average players who want elite money
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    Dallas is currently in the third BEST cap situation for 2020: more than $60 million in cap space. Cap problems haven’t been a “running theme” for the Cowboys for several years now since they’ve abandoned their former M.O. of pursuing high-priced free agents.

    As for “average” players – you mean like Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, Zeke Elliott, Tank Lawrence…?

  25. 1phillyphan says:
    June 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Dak wont throw for more then 2,500 yards. I’m sure if Coop is getting 90% of the yards weekly. He’ll get triple teamed. Goals are good but fantasizing is bad.
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    If only Dak and Coop could play Philly every week. Teamed up against the Birdies last year:
    Dak – 68-of-90 (75.5%) for 725 yards and 4 TDs. Projects to a 30+ TD, 5,000-yard season.
    Coop – 16 receptions for 292 yards and 3 scores. Projects to 128-2336-24.

  26. “Amari always disappears for weeks at a time!”

    Such a bad opinion.

    In four of Amari’s last TEN games in Oakland, he had ONE target or less. Jerry Rice couldn’t produce with that kind of target volume.

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