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WR Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders

6-1, 211Born: 6-18-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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17 at DEN 42 0 0 0 8 4 39 1 0 9.9
18 at HOU 67 1 0 0 10 2 10 0 0 1

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2016 Week 18 vs HOU (10 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Cooper wasn't able to gain much separation against veteran corner Johnathan Joseph throughout the day. Joseph undercut and batted down a short in route. Joseph later went up and knocked down a deep ball attempt in Cooper's direction. The game essentially ended on an interception off of Cooper's hand with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Cooper was able to get separation and came wide open over the middle, but Cook sailed the throw and Cooper wasn't able to leap high enough to bring it in. The ball ricocheted off of his finger tips to the trailing safety. It was a disappointing performance for Cooper and continued a trend as the talented young receiver struggled down the stretch of the season for the second straight year.

2016 Week 17 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec)

Early in the second quarter, the Broncos blitzed and left Cooper in single coverage on the outside. He absolutely torched the corner and was wide open for what should have been a 66-yard touchdown but McGloin airmailed the pass. Cooper made the play of the day for the Raiders with a 32-yard touchdown catch from Cook. He ran an out and up down the left sideline and was able to leap over Chris Harris to pull the jump ball in and then dive past Aqib Talib to just clip the pylon with the ball as he was going out of bounds. Any signs of budding chemistry with Cook were snuffed out pretty quickly however. The next possession, Cook badly missed Cooper on short routes that should have been easy completions. Cooper was able to finish the year with 1,000+ yards and scored another long touchdown, but he somehow went the entire season without scoring a touchdown of under 30 yards.

2016 Week 16 vs IND (6 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)

Cooper caught a leaping 34-yard reception down the left sideline in the two-minute offense in the final minute before halftime. It was another disappointing fantasy outing for Cooper, who wasn't really needed in Week 16. The Raiders run game was dominant and with Oakland jumping out to a 26-point lead early in the second half, the game script was tough for Cooper. He isn't much of a factor in the red zone, where Carr tends to look for his bigger targets. And the Raiders didn't need to take any shots deep down the field after the first quarter. Cooper sealed the game late with a spectacular 19-yard leaping catch over Vontae Davis on 3rd-and-8. The Raiders were able to kneel out from there to seal the 8-point win.

2016 Week 15 vs SD (3 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)

Cooper's sole catch came early in the second quarter. Casey Hayward had tight coverage and gambled, diving for the ball, trying to make the interception. He came up just short and Cooper was able to haul it in along the sideline and turn up field for a 28-yard gain.

2016 Week 14 vs KC (10 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)

For the second straight season, Cooper is fading down the stretch. He had a another poor game with a couple drops. One was luckily ruled an incompletion instead of a fumble when the ball popped out after he took a step. Carr didn't do Cooper any favors. He threw over his head when Cooper found a soft spot in the zone and was open for a first down. He also didn't see Cooper running wide open on a crossing route that would have gone for a big gain. On one of the game's decisive plays, Cooper got deep behind the defense and it looked like he was headed for a long touchdown. But at the last minute, he seemed to lose track of the ball and it fell incomplete. In real time it was difficult to tell what happened, but after the game there was speculation that the ball hit the spider-cam wire, causing it to change directions at the last minute. Cooper did play all but one snap and saw double-digit targets for the first time since Week 8, but he is not being used like a true fantasy WR1 by the Raiders over the second half of the season. He is a boom or bust option reliant on hitting on a deep pass to achieve any fantasy value.

2016 Week 13 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 59 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Cooper had a surprisingly quiet today with just two catches on four targets. He was on the field for 89% of the snaps, so it wasn't an issue with playing time. Carr just rarely looked his direction. Cooper was able to score another long touchdown though (his fourth 30+ yard score of the season) and broke 2,000 career receiving yards. He is just the seventh 22-year old in league history to achieve the feat. Cooper's 37-yard touchdown came early in the fourth quarter and put the Raiders ahead for good. He faked a slant route and then hopped back outside and streaked down the sideline. Carr hit him in stride and Cooper was able to barely extend the ball over the goal line while being tackled. Cooper did have an early 51-yard catch called back due to an illegal formation penalty.

2016 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

Cooper made some catches early in the game on short routes, but was unable to break loose for any big plays. He received an end zone target on 3rd-and-goal from the five, but was well covered.

2016 Week 11 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)

Cooper was having a quiet outing until late in the fourth quarter when he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass. He caught a short dump off, made a nasty cut up field that left a Houston defender falling to the turf and blazed upfield untouched for the score. Cooper had an early red zone target. He caught a 15-yard pass off of play action and was pushed out of bounds at the 4-yard line.

2016 Week 9 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)

Cooper caught a quick slant and after the catch was able to break outside and dash down the sideline for a 21-yard gain on the Raiders first possession. Drew a holding penalty on Bradley Roby on a short target in the red zone. Cooper was targeted in the end zone from 24 yards out and drew a pass interference penalty. He would have had a decent shot at hauling in the touchdown pass had Roby not grabbed him at the last minute. Cooper drew another end zone pass interference penalty on a fade route from the two yard line late in the fourth quarter to set up the Raiders game-clinching touchdown.

2016 Week 8 vs TB (15 / 12 / 173 / 1 rec)

Cooper used a filthy double move to create huge separation over the middle for a 28-yard reception. Carr took a deep shot from the 32-yard line to Cooper in the end zone, despite triple coverage. Cooper was able to draw the flag in the end zone for pass interference to setup the Raiders first touchdown. Cooper caught a 34-yard touchdown on the next drive. He ran a go route against single coverage from Tampa safety Chris Conte and used a subtle push off late to create separation and haul in the perfectly thrown pass over his shoulder. Cooper made a spectacular leaping 31-yard catch to set the Raiders up deep in Tampa territory in the final minutes of regulation. Cooper had a bad drop in the final seconds of regulation. He created a ton of separation sprinting down the right sideline and would have had a 40-yard gain to setup a short field goal for the win, but it went right through his hands.

2016 Week 7 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Cooper was held without a catch in the first half. He saw a red zone target in the seconds before halftime after Carr scrambled, but he was well covered and the ball was thrown well out of his reach. Cooper caught a couple of short screen passes that went nowhere and really struggled in his matchup with vaunted rookie Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey was thrown out of the game for fighting with a few minutes left and a few plays later Cooper caught an 18-yard jump ball down the sideline in the final minutes of garbage time.

2016 Week 6 vs KC (13 / 10 / 129 / 0 rec)

Cooper again got off to a fast start and put together a monster first half, with 9 of his 10 catches coming before halftime. With Marcus Peters shadowing Crabtree, Cooper abused rookie cornerback D.J. White. On the opening drive, Carr hit Cooper three times for gains of 11, 19 and 11 yards (with the last getting the Raiders down to the 4-yard line). Cooper and Carr were able to hook up on a variety of routes in the first half, including a 24-yard gain on a go route down the left sideline where Cooper was able to toe tap to get both feet down in bounds. According to Cooper and Carr, the Chiefs switched up their coverage in the second half to try to take him out of the game and force other receivers to beat them. The moves worked as Cooper was held to just one catch in the second half.

2016 Week 5 vs SD (12 / 6 / 138 / 1 rec)

Instead of one touchdown, Cooper could have had a massive, 4-touchdown game but came down just out of bounds on a pair of would-be touchdowns and stepped out of bounds before coming back in to make another touchdown catch. He started the game off hot again, with five early catches. He made a beautiful diving catch on a go route down the sideline in the first quarter for 26 yards. He narrowly missed coming down with an early touchdown. He ran a quick fade route from the 2-yard line and had his man beat, but he could only get one foot in-bounds on the attempted toe tap. The same thing happened two drives later, with Cooper beating his man and catching the ball for what should have been an 8-yard touchdown, but again had his toe come down on the stripe. Sideline awareness and footwork has been a major problem for Cooper early in the 2016 season (and in the preseason), with a handful of incompletions already due to a toe on the sideline. Cooper's finally found the end zone for the first time this season on a 64-yard touchdown. He lined up in the slot and the Raiders tried to single cover him with a Safety. He did a stutter-and-go and easily burned the slower defender. Carr got it to him deep down the sideline and Cooper was off to the races. Cooper caught a 2-point conversion attempt on a quick slant route. Cooper stepped out of the back of the end zone before the catch on what could have been his potential fourth touchdown catch of the game. He did draw an interference penalty on the play to set up the Raiders touchdown on the next play.

2016 Week 4 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Cooper had a very quiet game, with Crabtree seeing twice as many targets. Cooper caught a screen and another short pass on the Raiders first few offensive plays, as Oakland looked to get him involved early. He was called for offensive pass interference blocking too early on a screen that backed the Raiders up deep, but made up for it a few plays later with a nice catch in traffic on 3rd-and-long to move the chains. Cooper picked up an 11-yard gain on a crossing route. Cooper's only second-half catch was a key 16-yard grab against tight coverage on 3rd-and-16 that came up just inches short of a first down (that the Raiders picked up the next play). Cooper played well, but the Crabtree had the more favorable matchup in Week 4. This WR duo remains more of a 1A/1B and target share each week will depend heavily upon the individual matchups.

2016 Week 3 vs TEN (9 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Cooper caught a 25-yard pass on a beautiful sideline go route against Perish Cox on the Raiders first offensive play. Cooper got on top of his defender and left enough space to the outside for Carr to drop it in the bucket over his outside shoulder. The Raiders picked on Cox throughout the game. Cooper had a pair of key catches on 3rd-and-medium to keep the chains moving. Cooper got off to a quick start, but didn't have a catch in the game's final 29 minutes. Cooper had a deep ball target in the end zone and had his man beat by a step, but Carr sailed the pass well out of reach. Cooper had an inexcusable drop on a late fourth quarter 3rd-and-5 that stalled the drive and gave the ball back to Tennessee with a chance to tie.

2016 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)

The Falcons defense always had men deep and took away the big plays from Cooper and the Raiders offense. Cooper's big gain came on a spectacular 25-yard grab down the middle of the field. He found a soft spot in the zone coverage and actually mistimed his leap for the ball, but was able to hang in the air and twist his body to make snag a ball that was thrown high and slightly behind him. Cooper had a 52-yard touchdown catch called back because he stepped out of bounds early in the route. He was pushed out by Desmond Trufant early and came open later after Carr scrambled to buy time. Cooper seemed unsure of the rule, but the only time a player gets the ability to come back in after being forced out is if it was illegal contact that forced him out. Cooper picked up some garbage-time points on a reception as time expired that was lateraled backwards a few times.

2016 Week 1 vs NO (11 / 6 / 137 / 0 rec)

Cooper starred early, including a pair of long catches on the Raiders second drive. He caught a 35-yard completion on a crossing route to move the offense into Saints territory. A couple plays later, he came down with a leaping 34-yard reception down to the Saints six-yard line. Cooper was able to pad his stats with a meaningless 21-yard catch as time expired in the first half. Cooper was shut out in the third quarter. He had a drop on a crossing route and was unable to get both feet down on a catch along the sideline. Cooper was held to just two catches in the second half, but both were big. He got between the Safety and corner on a go route down the sideline for a 42-yard gain. Cooper had an end zone target on first-and-goal from the two-yard line, but was unable to get both feet down. Cooper has had problems with getting both feet down along the sidelines in both the preseason and in Week 1. The Raiders went for three two-point conversions in the fourth quarter, with one going to Cooper. He was able to come away with the conversion on a sharp out route.


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