Amari Cooper risk is becoming a major reward for the Browns

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After the 2021 season, the Cowboys decided to move on from receiver Amari Cooper. If they hadn’t found a trade partner, they would have cut him.

Enter the Browns, with a move that seemed confusing at the time. Cooper hadn’t performed particularly well on grass and/or in the elements. He’d have both in Cleveland. Moreover, $20 million for a receiver? That seemed a little pricey.

Until, of course, the receiver market went haywire and $20 million started to look like a pretty good deal.

Cooper didn’t do much in Week One, with three catches for 17 yards on six targets in Carolina. For back-to-back games in Cleveland only four days apart, Cooper went over 100 receiving yards in each one. Just barely, with 101 exactly in each game, but he entered into triple-digit territory twice in less than a week. Along the way, he’s becoming one of quarterback Jacoby Brissett‘s most reliable targets.

Cooper’s biggest play last night came on the first snap of the fourth quarter. With the Browns facing third and one from their own 29, Brissett faked a handoff to the left, rolled to the right, and found Cooper crossing left to right in single coverage. He was wide open. The 32-yard gain fueled a drive that ended in the touchdown that essentially put the game away.

As much as the Cowboys possibly miss Cooper, the Browns should be thrilled to have him. And they were wise to make the move, and not to flinch at the price. Intervening contracts for veteran receivers have made it a bargain deal. Cooper’s performance so far has made it a brilliant move.

13 responses to “Amari Cooper risk is becoming a major reward for the Browns

  1. So what?

    Amari is what he is and there’s a reason why he’s been traded twice already despite his talent.

    He will revert back to the norm in no time.

  2. We’ll see what Cooper does against the better teams in the league. After the Falcons next weekend, the Browns have a 7 game run coming up against the Chargers, Patriots, Ravens, Bengals, Dolphins, Bills and Bucs. That stretch will make or break the Browns and tell us all we need to know about them, at least until Watson appears right after that run. And at that point, who knows?

  3. His history says otherwise. When he’s motivated he’s good, but watch as he looks half interested in some very big games. $20M is too risky for that type of commitment.

  4. Jacoby Brissett looks night and day different from last season with Miami to this season with Cleveland so far. that’s how important an OL and running game is to a QB.

  5. Gimme a break he’s averaging 6 catches and 73 yards per game. That’s with zero competition for targets at the WR spot. Yup Cleveland is a perfect home for somebody who’s a quiet diva like Amari. Lol if Zeke averages 73 yards a game y’all would be saying he’s washed. You think Amari is gonna last all 17 games is another issue. I bet he plays no more than 14 when all is said and done. By the way Noah was outproducing Amari after 2 games. People need to stop crying about Coop. His feet and ankles are gonna lead to early retirement for him. Don’t let Jerry fool you, that’s a big part of the reason he’s no longer in Dallas.

  6. Dallas didn’t unload Cooper because he wasn’t a great WR. They got rid of him because he was too expensive. Dak and Elliott ate up their cap space.

    YOu got to see a Dallas team with Dak and no Cooper…..and they looked terrible.

  7. Cooper is a Pro Bowl-type receiver on his good days, and that’s most days. Five 1,000+ plus seasons out of seven played. He does tend to have issues of commitment/professionalism and a tendency to pick up nagging minor injuries. His most productive time was right after the trade to the Cowboys and, like a lot of trades were a team sends a first rounder, the traded player lands a contract beyond their actual value. Dallas salvaged a late rounder for a bad contract, and Cleveland was desperate for WRs and had short-term cap space. He’s going to get a lot of targets in Cleveland because he’s clearly the best of a below-average receiving corps.

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