WR Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-18-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec)
Cooper's route-running acumen was on display against the Giants as he led the team in targets. Cooper produced on all three levels of the field (short, intermediate, deep), including two deep receptions as a backbone to his production against the Giants. Cooper added two drops, both on slant routes, as Prescott was hyper-accurate on mostly of his throws. Dallas' passing game was white-hot against the Giants and looks to keep the momentum against Washington in Week 2.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Cooper's five targets were third among Dallas' wide receivers against Washington. Cooper was efficient on his opportunities, however, with a red zone touchdown (defender jumped the route, whiffed on the interception attempt, and Cooper walked into the end zone) and deep in-cut reception as his highlights. Cooper did log a holding penalty on a Tony Pollard touchdown run to wipe off the scoring play and had a comeback route drop.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 88 / 2 rec)
Cooper raced to an early-game stat line of impressive stature, coming wide open on a deep crossing route for nearly 40 yards and another first-drive reception. Cooper surged through a defensive holding penalty for a double-move goal-line touchdown and down the seam for another score, but his day could have been more pronounced against Miami. Cooper dropped a wide-open seam target, a well-thrown pass from Dak Prescott, which would have pushed Cooper well past 100 yards on the day. It was Cooper's lone missed target against Miami. Michael Gallup missed the game as expected and Randall Cobb and Devin Smith were adequate replacements as ancillary options.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Cooper led Dallas in targets against the Saints but struggled to make more positive plays than negative ones in the road loss. Cooper was limited to short completions and minimal yards-after-the-catch chances outside of a deep comeback route in the final minute of the game. Cooper added two offensive pass interference penalty to his ledger, including one which wiped off a promising completion. Cooper will face his toughest test of the season in Week 5 against the Packers.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (14 / 11 / 226 / 1 rec)
Cooper nearly totaled his previous season total of yardage in Week 5 alone in his highlight performance. Cooper was the thorn in the Packers defense's side all game as he dominated the intermediate and deep zones of the field. Cooper got loose down the sideline, fueled by a perfect Dak Prescott pass, for more than 45 yards in the first half and added two huge receptions in the second half, all complimented by his typical collection of comeback and in-cut routes. Cooper was blanketed on a deep sideline route, but Prescott made the small window throw and Cooper added to the effort with the highlight reel toe-tap. Finally, Cooper beat double coverage and produced yards-after-the-catch for the long 'cherry on top' touchdown later in the game. Cooper is off to a career year start to 2019, averaging more than 100 yards per game and logging five touchdowns in as many weeks.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Cooper exited the Jets game in the first quarter with a quad bruise and did not return. Before leaving, Cooper logged a single quick-out reception. Cedrick Wilson and Tavon Austin saw an uptick in snaps and offensive involvement (12 targets between them) in Cooper's absence. Cooper's status for Week 7 is a question mark to begin the week of preparation for the Eagles.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 5 / 106 / 0 rec)
Despite being questionable during the week if he would play against the Eagles and seeing only five targets, Cooper logged an impact game and more than 100 yards. Cooper and Dak Prescott were in rhythm throughout with two deep passes for much of the pair's production, including a tight window completion down the sideline. Cooper also converted a back shoulder catch through defensive pass interference. Cooper had a highlight high-point touchdown but was called back by offensive pass interference on the play.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)
Cooper had a slow start against the Giants, not seeing a target until the late first quarter and being stuck on one reception (a wide open deep out route for 20+ yards) until the fourth quarter. Cooper came alive, however, in the final frame and ended up leading Dallas in receiving for the game. Cooper came wide open on a deep in-cut and bursting through the open field for a long touchdown, the likely dagger for Dallas' road win. Cooper also drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score and dropped a seam target, either of which would have pushed Cooper's stat line beyond 100 yards.
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (14 / 11 / 147 / 1 rec)
Cooper saw more than 30% of the team's targets against Minnesota and, despite posting 11 receptions and nearly 150 yards, it was only his second-best game of the season to-date. The connection between Cooper and Dak Prescott was nearly unstoppable as the pair showed tremendous chemistry on sideline routes with full extension grabs by Cooper and strong accuracy by Prescott. Cooper had a big first half but added a red zone touchdown in the second half along with multiple big plays to his impressive tally as no Minnesota defensive back had an answer for Cooper's route running and separation ability.
2019 Week 11 vs DET (8 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Cooper was second on the team in targets with eight against the Lions but was the notable offensive piece left out of the impressive showing overall. Cooper limped off the field multiple times during the game, always to return, and was also shadowed by Darius Slay. Cooper had a single reception entering the fourth quarter, adding a deep out and impressive high point catch later in the game. The Patriots offer another tough test for Cooper next week.
2019 Week 12 vs NE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cooper struggled nagging injuries and coverage by Stephon Gilmore in Dallas' road loss to New England. Cooper did not see the box score until the second half, hauling in a crossing route for 15 yards, which was called back by penalty. Later, in the vital moments of Dallas' comeback effort, Cooper corralled a low throw on a deep in-cut route on fourth-and-long. However, the play was reviewed (and reversed) as Cooper did not control the ball through contact with the ground and essentially ended Dallas' comeback hopes.
2019 Week 13 vs BUF (11 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec)
Cooper bounces back from being shutout against the Patriots to seeing a team-high 11 targets in the loss to Buffalo. Cooper caught multiple chunk passes on the opening drive and added three more catches in the first half. However, Dallas' catch-up mode in the second half did not benefit Cooper much with his lone big play chance being an incomplete end zone target in tight coverage. Cooper had an MRI on his knee following the game but avoided structural damage and early reports are he will be available in Week 14.
2019 Week 14 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)
Cooper did not get on the board with catch until the mid-second quarter, snaring a low slant target for more than 15 yards. Cooper's highlight came in Dallas' comeback effort in the fourth quarter, beating a defensive back down the sideline, hauling in a perfect drop-in-the-bucket throw from Dak Prescott for the long touchdown. Cooper added another chunk sideline reception for more than 25 yards in the game as he surpassed 1,000 yards for the season.
2019 Week 15 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Cooper was sparsely involved in the Cowboys run and defense-centric blowout win over the Rams. Cooper saw a mere two targets, but one was converted with an impressive high-point catch on third-and-long with the game still in doubt. Cooper also dropped a deep in-cut target on an otherwise lost day where Dallas threw the ball only 23 times.
2019 Week 16 vs PHI (12 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Cooper saw a hearty 12 targets against the Eagles. Even with a depleted secondary, Cooper struggled with tight coverage, a third-down drop, and Dak Prescot airmailing Cooper on a wide-open third down target to a poor performance. Cooper did not get into the box score until almost halftime and two of his receptions were inconsequential short hitch routes. Cooper's second half of the season has been marred by three clunker games totaling 43 yards between the Patriots, Rams, and now the Eagles game over a five-week span.
2019 Week 17 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 92 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Cooper saw a mere five targets as Michal Gallup stole the show in Dallas' blowout win over Washington. More than half of Cooper's production came on a single 48-yard bomb where Cooper had a highlight reel high-point in coverage. Cooper added a yards-after-the-catch-centric reception for more than 20 yards and another comeback reception of his contributions. Cooper did have a drop and Michael Gallup's strong Year 2 progression could be a limitation for Cooper's upside next season, assuming Cooper and Dallas work out a new contract.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Cooper was an afterthought offensively despite being on the field for 93% of the snaps. He had nine yards on an end around on the first drive. He made a nice 16-yard grab with a toe drag along the sideline in the first quarter but it was wiped out by a holding call. Cooper had a nine-yard catch on a short pass over the middle in the two-minute drill before half and then saw only two more targets the rest of the way. One was a throwaway out of bounds in his general direction. Another was a missed connection with Carr on a crossing route. Based upon Carr's reaction after the incompletion, Cooper didn't adjust his route properly to account for the zone coverage. It was a strange game with 30 of Carr's 39 pass attempts going to the tight ends and running backs and just 9 going to the wide receivers. Cooper's lack of opportunities in the first glimpse of John Gruden's new offense is a major red flag after Cooper was a fantasy non-factor most of last season. It is hard to trust him in fantasy lineups.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (10 / 10 / 116 / 0 rec)
After a quiet Week 1, Cooper got back on track and arguably had his most complete performance since 2016. He topped 100 receiving yards for the 12th time in his career, with 116 on the day and caught all 10 of his targets. The strong performance was especially notable because Cooper has always struggled against the Broncos, never topping 60 yards receiving in a game against his AFC West rivals prior to Sunday. Oakland's game plan seem designed to build Cooper's confidence early with short passes to help him build a rhythm. His four first-half catches all came on either wide receiver screens or short comeback routes. Cooper's confidence was evident in the way he was attacking the ball with his hands and not letting it get into his body. The opening drive of the second half finally saw Carr take some deep shots to Cooper. The pair connected on a deep post route for 31 yards and then a couple plays later on an out route for 20 yards. Cooper had a sweet catch and run on a slant, grabbing the ball in traffic and then putting his hand on the ground and spinning out of a tackle to stay on his feet and pick up an extra five yards. Cooper had a long catch called back on a strange officiating decision when both Cooper and the cornerback covering him were called for offsetting pass interference penalties. Overall, it was a big-time performance for Cooper who looked like an elite WR1 for the first time in quite a while.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
After a breakout game last week, Cooper was right back to being a non-factor. He caught a pair of short passes on quick comebacks when the defender was playing off but didn't do anything else productive. Cooper was targeted on a deep ball but seemed to give up when seeing he was bracketed by double coverage. The ball was intercepted. Cooper also made an unforced error when he stepped out of bounds while tracking a deep ball down the sideline on a go route. It went through his hands but would have come back even if he had caught it. Cooper was shadowed by emerging cornerback Xavien Howard, but it is telling how willing the Raiders are to seemingly ignore Cooper whenever he is lined up across an above-average cornerback.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (12 / 8 / 128 / 1 rec)
On paper, it was a big day for Cooper but there were still some concerning aspects of his performance. Derek Carr was extremely frustrated with Cooper on multiple occasions and it looked like a misread of a route by Cooper was going to be the nail in the coffin for the Raiders on a 4th-down play where Cooper broke inside when Carr was expecting him to go outside. There was also a strange play right before halftime where Cooper decided not to run his route for some reason. It allowed the safety to instead come back inside and pick off a ball intended for Jared Cook. There were some bright spots too, including an 8-yard touchdown. Cooper ran a simple slant route, Carr extended the play, and Cleveland's zone coverage broke down, which allowed Cooper to come wide open in the middle of the end zone for the easy completion. Cooper should have had a second touchdown when he was open on an out route, but Carr missed him badly. Cooper had a 36-yard grab down the sideline in overtime where he got behind the corner and made the catch along the sideline before the safety could get over. He also had a 14-yard catch on a short sideline route to set up the game-winning field goal. It was encouraging to see Carr go back to Cooper after the frustration Carr showed at the end of regulation.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Impossible as it seems, Cooper was targeted just once officially against the Chargers soft pass defense and despite the Raiders trailing the whole game. Cooper's catch came on a quick slant in the first quarter. He did have a ball thrown his way incomplete on a free play when the Chargers jumped offsides. "Just because he wasn't targeted doesn't mean he wasn't the primary guy on some of those," Gruden said after the game. "He was. And sometimes the opposition takes guys away." It has been a consistent theme in recent years that if an opponent has an elite cornerback or a plan to take Cooper out of the game, the Raiders are content to let them do so. It is confounding to see multiple coaching staffs so willing to allow the defense to dictate whether or not Cooper is a part of the game plan.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a tough day for Cooper. He hauled in a 28-yard reception on a deep out route in the first quarter but had it called back due to a holding. Cooper's only official target came in the opening minutes of the second quarter. He wasn't able to hold on through contact on a pass over the middle and took a dangerous head-to-head hit from the Seattle safety. It was shocking not to see a flag for targeting or hitting a defenseless receiver thrown. The hit knocked Cooper out of the game with a concussion. He will have a bye next week, which increases the chances he won't miss another game.
2018 Week 9 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)
Cooper's Dallas debut was a successful one on an individual front, exhibiting quality separation early in routes and beating single coverage. Cooper buckled a defensive back on a well-run slant early in the game, creating easy yards-after-catch. Cooper exceled in the short to intermediate area with deep out and in-breaking routes. Cooper won at the goal line as well for his touchdown, breaking in then out with a dive to the pylon for the score. Cooper had a third down reception called back by penalty. Cooper led the team in targets and receiving yards with the Eagles an exploitable matchup next week.
2018 Week 10 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Cooper led the Cowboys in receiving for the second straight week since his trade acquisition. Cooper separated well on short and deep routes against the Eagles. On a notable deep route, Cooper gained separation down the sideline but Dak Prescott's overthrow thwarted the big play opportunity. Cooper was active after the catch with multiple receptions leading to additional yardage. Prescott focused on Cooper as his primary read almost to a fault early in the game before expanding his view of the field as the first half progressed. Cooper's presence has aided Michael Gallup's efficiency shifting to a secondary role.
2018 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
After a quality two games to open his Dallas career, Cooper was silent for three quarters of Dallas' road win against Atlanta. Cooper amassed his three catches all in the third quarter, including a highlight reel contested comeback route. Cooper also churned out yards-after-the-catch following a hitch route for 20 yards later in the quarter. Cooper's lone scoring opportunity was a goal line slant tipped away by a defender. Washington offers a strong matchup to rebound in Week 12.
2018 Week 12 vs WAS (9 / 8 / 180 / 2 rec)
Cooper lived up to his investment by Dallas as a trade acquisition with a monster game against division rival Washington. Cooper showed his after-the-catch ability on two long touchdowns, both times making defensive backs look slow in transition at the top of his routes. Cooper was impactful on his other receptions as well with three third down conversions early in the game. Cooper rendered the rest of the Dallas pass-catchers irrelevant this week as the next highest yardage total was Blake Jarwin with 25 yards. Cooper has another exploitable matchup in a showdown with New Orleans next week.
2018 Week 13 vs NO (8 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)
Cooper led the Cowboys in targets and receiving yardage, proving valuable as a chain-mover in critical situations. Cooper's two best plays came on a hitch turning into a 19-yard catch with a quick pivot for additional yardage. In the closing minutes, Cooper iced the game by drawing a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone. On the negative side, Cooper lost a fumble after Dallas dominated the game to a 10-0 lead, breathing life in the Saints. Cooper has been used more on quick-hitting routes since joining the Cowboys, while Michael Gallup has functioned more as a downfield receiver over the same span.
2018 Week 14 vs PHI (13 / 10 / 217 / 3 rec)
Cooper posted his biggest game since arriving to Dallas, a massive three-touchdown effort in the overtime win over the Eagles. Most of his 217 yards came in the second half and overtime with strong route running, separation, and after-the-catch ability being the centerpiece of Cooper's impressive performance. Cooper excelled on in-breaking routes but also showed full extension on a corner route reception. Cooper had late separation down the sideline on his first touchdown and in overtime Cooper collected a tipped pass at the goal line by a defensive back, a questionable throw by Dak Prescott, for the game-winning score. Cooper has seen at least eight targets in five-of-six games with Dallas and despite a handful of lost games with Oakland to start the season is a good bet to hit 1,100 receiving yards this season.
2018 Week 15 vs IND (7 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
While Cooper saw seven targets against the Colts, it was his lowest total in four games as the central figure of Dallas' passing offense. Cooper did not log a catch until midway through the second quarter and also had two receptions called back by penalty. Cooper's biggest play opportunity was a deep sideline target, but tight coverage thwarted the play. Cooper was also airmailed by Dak Prescott when wide open on a rollout play. Tampa Bay offers an ideal rebound opponent in Week 16.
2018 Week 16 vs TB (5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cooper had his second down game in a row after his Week 14 210-yard explosion. Tampa Bay projected as a rebound game, but Cooper had a quizzical lack of involvement for much of the game. Cooper produced half of his 20 yards on an after-the-catch opportunity and was held in check on two other short targets. One under-the-radar impact of Cooper's arrival in Dallas has been opening opportunities for Michael Gallup on the other side with better matchups. Gallup exceled with two quality plays in the otherwise tepid passing game performance by Dallas against the Buccaneers.
2018 Week 17 vs NYG (11 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Cooper logged his third straight ho-hum performance in the box score, including a critical lost fumble in the closing minutes and a dropped pass. Dak Prescott's inaccuracy did not help Cooper's performance, however, with two high throws towards Cooper in the game plus a sure touchdown where Prescott's throw faded to the outside instead of Cooper's expected inside leverage. On the plus side, Cooper has six straight games of at least four receptions and his stat line would have been far better with accurate throws from Prescott. Cooper will be a critical element in the playoff matchup with Seattle next week.
2018 Week 18 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 106 / 0 rec)
Cooper put his route running on display against Seattle in the wildcard win. Cooper came wide open on two occasions for additional yardage after the catch. Later, Cooper collected a low pass on a crossing route for more than 20 yards. Cooper was frustrated with his lack of targets, despite his big game, on a number of occasions as Dak Prescott looked towards other receivers when Cooper had single coverage and optimal matchups.
2018 Week 19 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)
Cooper had two highlight plays in the road loss to the Rams. Cooper separated with easy on a deep crossing route with open field to the end zone for an early touchdown. Later, with Dallas' season survival on life support, Cooper drew a defensive pass interference penalty on fourth down to extend a drive. Cooper added a two-point conversion and three other short receptions for his solid performance. Cooper enters the offseason with a stable role and situation in Dallas projected for 2019.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Cooper flashed the speed and quickness that made him such a high draft choice, but it's clear he is still a work in progress. His best play of the game came on a short catch over the middle. Cooper easily created separation and then juked and weaved his way to an impressive 24-yard gain. Aside from that play though, he was easily contained with all of his completions coming on short underneath throws. There were some further signs that he is still not on the same page with his quarterbacks all the time. He received a lecture from McGloin after cutting inside on a route where McGloin clearly expected him to cut the route outside. The Raiders will have to take some deep shots to Amari Cooper going forward.
2015 Week 2 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 109 / 1 rec)
Cooper caught a 68-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game. Cooper was single covered by the Ravens top coverman, Jimmy Smith, and faked a post route before bursting back outside and down the sideline. He used his blazing speed to create a few strides of separation and Carr put it on the money allowing Cooper to catch it in stride at the 30-yard line and then sprint for the touchdown. Cooper was able to get open for a number of shorter gains throughout the game and won his matchup with one of the more underrated CBs in the NFL. Jimmy Smith blanketed Demaryius Thomas last week, but struggled with Cooper's speed and shiftiness. Many of the league's top corners have great length and the prototype has become 6'1 or taller corners to deal with all of the huge 6'3+ WRs coming into the league. Those guys are going to struggle against Cooper's shiftiness. Whether he is facing a taller opposing CB (like Smith) or a smaller, quicker corner is something to watch going forward for those considering Cooper in daily fantasy or when making tough lineup decisions because the bigger guys can't stick with him.
2015 Week 3 vs CLE (11 / 8 / 134 / 0 rec)
The Raiders came out on the first drive and showed they wouldn't be afraid of Joe Haden's coverage. The first play of the game was a pretty 11-yard completion to Cooper who used his quickness to gain separation and Carr put the ball right on the money. A couple plays later, the Raiders went right back to Cooper and he picked up big yardage on a crossing route. Facing 3rd-and-8 later in the drive, Carr again went to Cooper who caught the ball at the sticks, made a slick move to beat the first man and picked up even more yardage. Cooper had 54 yards receiving in the first few minutes of the game and really set the tone for the Raiders, proving Oakland's best player was better than Cleveland's best player (Haden). Cooper picked up 40-yards on a deep dig route. He was able to gain a few feet of separation and caught the ball about 20 yards downfield, stiffarmed the first defender and again picked up big yardage after the catch. Cooper did make one big rookie mistake as he coughed the ball up late in the game with the Raiders nursing a 14-point lead. He caught a short slant and never put two hands on the ball, which led to a hit knocking it out. Overall, it was another very impressive performance by the rookie. He creates separation with ease and is already one of the NFL's most dangerous runners after the catch. Cooper should be a reception and yardage machine going forward, but has not been heavily involved in the red zone and is thus reliant upon big plays for touchdowns.
2015 Week 4 vs CHI (9 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
Cooper had drops on his first two targets of the day. Both passes were into traffic though so the drops weren't entirely Cooper's fault. Cooper did most of his damage on the third drive of the game. He caught a pair of quick screens for short gains on the first two plays of the drive and later scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was ruled incomplete on the field but overturned on a challenge by Oakland. Cooper ran a go route down the right sideline and caught the ball in the back of the end zone where it was ruled that he did narrowly get both feet in bounds. Cooper got his first target inside the red zone this season and caught a slant route at the 5-yard line. Cooper was regularly double-teamed in the second half and was completely shutout.
2015 Week 5 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Cooper caught a quick slant against tight coverage on 3rd-and-short and used his special burst to break the first tackle, spin through a second Denver defender and accelerate for a 21-yard gain. Three of Cooper's catches came on the same play call. He went in motion before the snap and ran behind Carr and the running back and was moving toward the sideline on the snap and caught the quick swing pass deep behind the line of scrimmage. The first two times the Raiders ran this play, Cooper was able to accelerate up the field and pick up about ten yards. On the third attempt, Cooper only picked up one yard. These designed plays for Cooper pad his stat totals but it is very concerning that he only had two receptions on balls thrown beyond the line of scrimmage (and both of those were less than three yards downfield). It looked like Cooper was probably the target on the costly interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Cooper and Seth Roberts were both running crossing routes from opposite sides of the formation, but neither was looking for the ball when Carr threw it quickly in the face of the blitz. It went right past Cooper into the arms of the Broncos defender. Cooper did draw a long pass interference call in the final minutes of the game. He was double covered but still gained some separation and may have made the catch if he wasn't hit early by the cornerback.
2015 Week 7 vs SD (6 / 5 / 133 / 1 rec)
Cooper was fantastic. His first big play came on a 3rd-and-17 from near field. He blew past cornerback Jason Verrett and Carr threw the ball up down the deep middle. The Safety was lurking but Cooper just went and out-jumped him to come down with the ball and a 44-yard gain to set up a field goal. The next drive, Cooper took a screen the distance for a 52-yard touchdown. The Raiders lined up with trips to the left with Cooper on the outside. Cooper caught it behind the line and the two inside receivers' blocks gave him some space and two offensive linemen sprinting downfield also made key blocks. That left Cooper with one man to beat and he broke the ankles of the safety on a highlight-reel move and sprinted the rest of the way to the end zone.
2015 Week 8 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Cooper looked great again despite a down week in terms of production. The Raiders were not afraid to target the rookie despite Darrelle Revis following him around all day. Cooper was able to pick up some key 3rd-and-short conversions to keep early touchdown drives going. His ability after the catch continues to impress. His running style is almost reminiscent of Le'Veon Bell; he is just so smooth and explosive in his movements and ability to change direction in the blink of the eye.
2015 Week 9 vs PIT (13 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)
Cooper got off to a slow start. He wasn't able to come up with what would have been a difficult catch on the first drive and didn't see another target until the second quarter. On his second target, he was wide-open for what should have been a big gain but he juggled the ball and dropped it. Cooper found the end zone on a busted coverage. The Raiders motioned the running back out of the backfield to the right before the snap and it confused the defense. Cooper was left without a defender within ten yards of him and converted the easy pitch and catch from Carr for a 15-yard touchdown. Cooper missed converting a 12-yard touchdown grab late in the game by inches. He went up and brought the ball down in the corner of the end zone and managed to get one foot down in bounds, but the toe of his second foot came down on the line.
2015 Week 10 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
With the Vikings playing tight press coverage and forcing Carr to get rid of the ball quickly, it was a tough day for Cooper and the rest of the Raiders passing offense. Cooper held onto the ball despite taking a big hit on a crossing route early in the game from Safety Harrison Smith. He looked slightly shaken, but returned to action after a few snaps. Cooper received a red zone target on an in-route from the 13-yard line. It looked like the timing was a little bit off and the pass sailed high. It was one of two times on the day where Cooper and Carr didn't look to have been on the same page and both times Carr appeared frustrated with his rookie receiver. Cooper made a brilliant 38-yard reception on what was basically a jump ball down the middle of the field. Cooper had gained some separation but he wind caused the ball to hang up almost like a punt and Cooper had to out-jump the Safety for the contested catch. His combination of blazing speed and ability to win 50/50 balls like these makes him one of the league's more dangerous big-play threats.
2015 Week 11 vs DET (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Cooper had a very costly drop on his first target of the game. With the Raiders off to a slow start, they finally were moving the ball on the third drive of the game but had to punt when Cooper couldn't haul in a very easy ball that hit him in the chest with nobody nearby on third-and-short. Cooper's only catch of the day was on a screen pass just inside the red zone that he took for a short gain. Cooper had a second bad drop on a slant route late in the game. It hit him right in the hands again and he just muffed it. It was a terrible afternoon for the rookie who is slowly but surely falling behind Crabtree on the wide receiver pecking order.
2015 Week 12 vs TEN (12 / 7 / 115 / 0 rec)
Cooper bounced back in a major way from last week's terrible performance and made some big plays downfield. He made a spectacular 30-yard catch over Blidi Wreh-Wilson down the right sideline on an out-and-up to keep a drive alive on third down. It looked like the corner was in position to possibly grab an interception but Cooper went up high and grabbed the ball over his back. Carr and Cooper connected on a 41-yard bomb down the right sideline to the 11-yard line early in the second half. Cooper was able to get away with a little bit of a push off, which he used to create separation at the last moment. Carr targeted Cooper in the corner of the end zone on the very next play, but it was well covered. Early in the season, the Raiders regularly threw the ball to Cooper after he would go in motion well behind the line of scrimmage moving toward the sideline at the snap. Teams now seem hyper-aware of this action and the Raiders are now using Cooper primarily as a decoy in this formation (faking the WR screen to him behind the line) to open up other options in the passing game when defenders come sprinting up towards Cooper. Teams are also more aggressive against the more typical screens to Cooper and these easy receptions are no longer available for Cooper and the Raiders offense. The lack of easy receptions (and YAC opportunities) from screen passes are going to hurt Cooper's numbers and make him more boom/bust on a weekly basis than he was over the first half of the season.
2015 Week 13 vs KC (8 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
Cooper had a relatively quiet day. He drew a pass interference call against the defense that gave the Raiders an early first down. He had another inexcusable drop that forced a Raiders punt and sapped the team of momentum. It was third-and-short and Cooper was wide open on a quick slant. The ball hit him right in the hands, between the numbers and he let it bounce right off of him. The Chiefs continued a recent trend of teams playing tighter to the line against the Raiders to take away the receiver screens that were so successful earlier in the season. The Raiders tried just one screen to Cooper (which counted as a run because it was thrown slightly backwards) and it went for a loss of seven yards. The play had been a staple of the Raiders offense, but has not worked over the past month as defenses have adjusted to take it away. Cooper had a couple nice gains on routes across the middle of the field, but otherwise was held in check by the Chiefs defense.
2015 Week 14 vs DEN (8 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cooper had another tough showing. He wasn't able to shake Aqib Talib when matched up in single coverage against him. Cooper's most notable plays were a drop on a short pass and a play in which he stopped running his route with the ball in the air as Carr targeted him in the end zone. The Raiders were able to use Cooper to their advantage as a decoy a couple times, faking the bubble screen in his direction to open space downfield for the tight ends.
2015 Week 15 vs GB (9 / 6 / 120 / 2 rec)
Cooper had a big game with a pair of touchdowns, but still struggled to catch the ball consistently. He had a pair of drops on the rainy afternoon. The first came on a third down pass that Carr had to throw slightly behind Cooper to fit it into a tight window and Cooper was unable to bring it in. It was not an easy catch, but still one that a top receiver should be able to make most of the time. The second drop came late in the game with Cooper wide open along the sideline and the wet ball just went right through his hands. The positives far outweighed the negatives against the Packers though. With Green Bay (like all other recent opponents) playing Cooper tight at the line to take away the screens and quick passes, the Raiders were able to adjust and targeted Cooper much deeper down the field by dialing up a number of deep shots. Cooper took advantage of single-coverage by fellow-rookie Damarious Randall on multiple occasions. He ran right by the converted safety on a go route for a 41-yard gain early in the third quarter. Later in the same drive, the Raiders got the same look and Carr checked to the same go route; Cooper again avoided the jam and blew right past Randall down the right sideline for a 26-yard touchdown. Cooper also scored on a broken coverage just before halftime. The Packers were in zone and there was confusion between the two corners and the safety as to who was responsible for deep sideline coverage. Both corners jumped the short route by the outside receiver and the safety had no chance to get all the way over to the corner of the end zone where Cooper was able to run free for an easy 19-yard touchdown catch. Cooper also drew a 25-yard pass interference penalty on Randall after running past him on a similar route.
2015 Week 17 vs KC (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cooper made a nice sliding catch on a slant route for a 14-yard gain that helped the Raiders escape the shadow of their own end zone. He suffered yet another drop on a ball that hit him in the chest on a 15-yard dig route. For the first time in weeks, the Raiders attempted to hit Cooper with a wide receiver screen but the Chiefs were ready for it and blew it up for an incompletion.