WR Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-18-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs LAC (6 / 3 / 115 / 1 rec)
Cooper ended his frustration season on a relatively high note. For the second straight week, Cooper got behind the defense for a long touchdown. With the Raiders backed up deep and facing 3rd-and-22, he flew right past the safety on a post route and caught the bomb from Carr on the run for an 87-yard touchdown. He also caught a couple of passes for solid gain on comeback routes along the sideline. Cooper narrowly missed getting both feet in-bounds on a pass down the right sideline, an issue he has had crop up on a surprisingly regular basis in his career.
2017 Week 16 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 66 / 1 rec)
Amari Cooper embarrassed an Eagles cornerback on a slant-and-go move against single coverage. He came wide open and was able to jog it in on a 63-yard touchdown reception. Cooper had a 50-yard reception called back due to holding.
2017 Week 14 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cooper's target came on a back shoulder fade down the left sideline against Darrelle Revis. Cooper was in position to make a play on the ball but wasn't aggressive enough in coming back and attacking the ball, instead content to let it come to him. It bounced off of his hands as he tried to cradle it along the sideline. Cooper came in nursing a sore ankle and got rolled up on while blocking in front of a running back screen. He left the game after 15 snaps and could miss more time going forward.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)
Cooper toasted a Broncos backup cornerback on a nifty fade route for an easy 9-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter. Cooper stutter-stepped towards the inside and cut back out towards the corner of the end zone. The corner turned the wrong way and Cooper had huge separation allowing for an easy pitch and catch. On the next drive, Cooper was targeted on a slant across the middle of the field in the red zone and took a huge hit. The play drew a 15-yard penalty and forced Cooper to leave the game with a concussion with 4:30 to play in the second quarter. He reportedly also sprained his ankle on the play, leaving his status for next week very much in doubt.
2017 Week 11 vs NE (7 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
On a day when the Raiders receivers had butterfingers, Cooper was one of the few who didn't suffer any drops. His problem was that he wasn't able to get open against Malcolm Butler. Cooper was rarely targeted early. He finally made a few plays in garbage time. His 3-yard touchdown was a fantastic route. He lined up out wide and faked the slant before stopping on a dime and pivoting back to the outside. He caught the ball near the sideline, was able to plant his feet to stop his momentum toward the sideline and then dove forward to clip the inside of the pylon with the ball.
2017 Week 9 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Cooper had yet another relatively quiet game. He had his league-leading 10th drop on a pass over the middle. It is unclear whether Cooper is just temporarily struggling with confidence or if he just has poor hands that will cause issues moving forward in his career. Cooper had a 26-yard gain on a deep crossing route in the final minute of the first half to setup a field goal.
2017 Week 8 vs BUF (10 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Cooper made an 18-yard grab on a back shoulder catch down the right sideline to keep the chains moving on the Raiders first touchdown drive. He also had a clutch 3rd-down conversion on a slant route to help setup the Raiders second touchdown. While Cooper's efficiency numbers look bad, many of the targets he was credited with were on throwaway passes in his general direction. He was targeted on a desperation deep pass in the end zone by Carr in the final minutes but the Bills were in prevent defense and easily able to undercut the route for the interception.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (19 / 11 / 210 / 2 rec)
Cooper saw a whopping 19 targets, which led to a career day. While nobody will complain after he posted 210 receiving yards, Cooper actually left some yardage on the field. With more consistent hands, Cooper may have approached 300 receiving yards. The Raiders intention to get Cooper rolling was obvious from the first drive, which opened with Carr hitting Cooper on a 12-yard wheel route from the slot. A couple plays later, the Raiders called a flea-flicker and Carr hit Cooper for a 38-yard touchdown bomb. There was late contact that knocked the Chiefs cornerback to the ground but Cooper narrowly avoided an offensive pass interference call. Cooper scored another long touchdown late in the first quarter. He lined up in the slot and ran a deep crossing route. A blown coverage by the Chiefs allowed him to come wide open and he turned on the jets after the catch to get into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown. Cooper did much of his damage from the slot and took 35% of his snaps from the slot in Week 7 after playing under 20% of his snaps inside in each previous game. Cooper had what would have been a 50-yard catch go through his hands. He leaped high and extended for what would have been a difficult catch, but couldn't bring it in. A couple plays later he had a more egregious drop. A perfectly-thrown ball went right through his hands on an out route from the slot that should have gone for a 15-yard gain. While Cooper's hands were inconsistent, he did make some spectacular grabs. He reached behind to pull in a ball over the middle and held on despite taking a big shot to the ribs. Cooper drew a 47-yard pass interference penalty after getting behind the defense for what might have been another long touchdown. Crabtree caught a 39-yard pass over the middle on the game-winning drive. He caught the ball in traffic and hung on despite taking a vicious hit that spun his whole body around. Overall, it was an outstanding performance in a big spot that justified Oakland's faith in their talented young star.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Cooper caught 7-of-8 targets for 78 yards. Unfortunately, gains of 31 and 19 yards were brought back due to penalties. While Crabtree is vastly outproducing Cooper, it is Cooper who is still getting the most attention from opposing defenses. Cooper saw shadow coverage from the Chargers top cornerback Casey Hayward all day. Cooper caught a quick slant for a 7 yard gain. He caught a short crossing route for 5 yards and an underneath route for 5 yards. Late in the first half, Cooper got behind the corner with a pretty double move on an out-and-up. Carr put a lot of air on the deep ball and Cooper went way up and snagged it for a 31-yard gain but it got called back due to holding on the offensive line. Cooper nearly grabbed a 27-yard touchdown in the final seconds before halftime. The ball was knocked away in the front of the end zone at the final second by a defensive back. There was a lot of contact that initially drew a flag for pass interference but after a conference, the flag was picked up. Cooper caught a back-shoulder pass for 19 yards on Hayward but an illegal formation penalty on Michael Crabtree wiped it out.
2017 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Another week, another shockingly quiet game for Amari Cooper. Unlike past weeks where Cooper saw targets but struggled to convert them, it seemed EJ Manuel rarely looked his direction. Cooper played 55 of the 56 offensive snaps but still saw just two targets (only one of which was catchable). Cooper's first target was a short comeback route in the red zone that Manuel sailed way over his head. It was unclear if it was a misfire or if Manuel intentionally threw the ball away. Cooper caught his second target for eight yards on a quick slant. Cooper does still have value to Oakland even if he's not catching passes. He drew three defensive backs (including the deep safety) his direction on a deep route towards the left sideline that allowed Crabtree to slip free down the right sideline for his long touchdown.
2017 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
At this point, Cooper looks like he is just a matchup-based fantasy option who will eventually have some big games but also will need to be benched when facing a tough cornerback. In the AFC West where each of the other teams in the division has at least one lockdown corner, he is going to be a poor fantasy option fairly often. The biggest issue for Cooper is that he isn't a contested-catch receiver who is going to see a lot of targets (or success) against tight coverage but instead check down to secondary targets. Cooper's problems are complicated by the fact that opposing teams respect his deep speed so much that he is seeing extra coverage shifted his way despite his lack of impact. The Broncos were consistently putting a Safety in deep coverage on Cooper's side of the field, which allowed the corner covering him to aggressively jump the shorter routes. It is worth noting that Cooper's awful fantasy day wasn't solely due to his poor play. Many of his eight targets were uncatchable. Cooper's first target of the game was an out route late in the first quarter. He was open but Carr threw it way behind him. His second "target" was just a throwaway well out of bounds in his general direction. Carr tried to hit him on a short slant just before halftime but the corner, Bradley Roby, was sitting on the route and jumped it to knock the ball away. Cooper's fourth "target" was a designed 4th-down throwaway right before halftime when Carr rolled out to run off the final few seconds of the half and then fired the ball way out of bounds to get the Raiders to halftime without punting. Cooper's first catch was on a crossing route early in the third quarter. He caught the ball with multiple Denver defenders closing in on him and only managed a 1-yard gain. Carr caught an 8-yard out route from EJ Manuel late but a few plays later had his seventh drop of the season on a short comeback route. He was worried about his run-after-the-catch and took his eyes off the ball early. The game ended when Cooper was out-jumped on a deep ball by athletic Broncos safety Justin Simmons. It was a great play by the safety.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Cooper had another rough game against the tough Washington cornerback duo of Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. On the first drive of the game, Carr took a shot deep shot to Cooper down the left sideline that was intercepted. Cooper was double covered and looked like he started to give up on the route. The interception was on Carr's decision to throw it into double coverage. Cooper had a 6-yard reception called back due to holding that would have been the Raiders only third down conversion of the game. After the holding call pushed them back, Carr again looked to Cooper to keep the chains moving and he was able to get open over the middle but the ball bounced right off of his hands. Cooper has had periodic struggles with his hands and is going through a tough stretch right now where he looks like he is fighting the ball. The drop was the only real mistake for Cooper, but he simply wasn't able to generate much separation. He was targeted on a deep ball down the seam but the cornerback was running stride-for-stride with him. After the second fumble, Seth Roberts drew a penalty to set the Raiders up 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Carr threw three straight incompletions, two of which could have been picked off, and had to settle for a field goal.
2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Cooper had a quiet day with a long gain of just 16 yards. He spent most of the game matched up against the Jets best corner, Morris Claiborne. While Cooper was able to gain separation when Carr looked his way, there were more favorable matchups against the Jets other corners. Cooper nearly caught his second touchdown of the season but wasn't able to get both feet down along the side of the end zone. The play drew a pass interference flag though to give the Raiders the ball at the one-yard line.
2017 Week 1 vs TEN (13 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
There were some positive signs in Week 1 that Cooper could have the breakout season many expected, but also some signs that Cooper still has a ways to go to be a true lead receiver. On the positive side, he was the target of a whopping 41% of Carr's passes on the day and almost doubled (13 to 7) Michael Crabtree's targets (and had another target wiped out by penalty). The negative was that Cooper still didn't make the plays in the red zone that are expected from an elite receiver. Cooper started the 2017 season off with an impressive 8-yard touchdown in the first two minutes of the game. He caught a short slant at the 6-yard line, spun through an attempted tackle to somehow keep his feet and push forward. He was stood up at the 2-yard line, but his offensive line rushed in to push him across the goal line as he kept his feet churning. The second drive of the game, Cooper's inexplicable red zone troubles reared their ugly head again. Carr and Cooper couldn't connect on three straight attempts from the Titans 2-yard line. First, Carr fired a quick slant that bounced off Cooper's hands. Cooper had his man beat but the throw was a little high and he wasn't able to bring it in. The very next play, Carr again went to Cooper in the end zone. This time on a fade route that was batted away at the last second by the corner. Cooper had a shot at the difficult contested catch but couldn't make the play. On the third play, Cooper was open in the back of the end zone but the ball was tipped by a linebacker and Cooper wasn't able to adjust quickly enough to go down and make the catch. Instead of a big-time fantasy day, Cooper was merely solid due to not making the most of his opportunities to score. The very next drive, Carr went right back to Cooper on his first throw. Cooper caught the short pass, made two guys miss and weaved his way ahead for a 12-yard gain. Cooper had a 14-yard catch called back due to a penalty on the offensive line. Overall, it was a good day for Cooper. But there were some troubling signs that, despite the early touchdown, the frustrating lack of red zone success could remain an issue.
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