WR Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-18-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Cooper left with a quad bruise that is reportedly painful but not a long term injury. He would be a top five play if he can go Sunday night vs Philadelphia, but that's in question now.
General News (Fri Oct 18): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 17): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 16): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Oct 15): Cooper's quadriceps injury is no worse than it was for the last two weeks, but his status for Week 7 is uncertain, according to a source.
General News (Mon Oct 14): was unable to finish the team's Week 6 game due to a quad bruise. His status for Week 7 is unclear at this time.
Week 7: vs Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Great matchup. In week six, former-Cowboy and current-CBS analyst Tony Romo noted that he could see "Jason Garrett's footprints in this [Cowboys] offense." Sadly, after a strong start to the season with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore seemingly in charge of calling Dallas' upstart offense, Jason Garrett has made his way back into the picture influencing the Cowboys' offensive play-calls. During Dallas' 3-0 start to the season, their passing attack was refreshingly dependent upon play action, significantly increasing quarterback Dak Prescott's efficiency. Now, in the midst of a three-game losing streak, Dallas' passing attack is looking increasingly similar to Cowboys offenses of years past. Prescott has gone without a passing touchdown in two of his last three outings, with his numbers inflated in the third game due to increased passing volume during garbage time against the Green Bay Packers. In week seven, Prescott's favorite target, Amari Cooper, is unlikely to play after sustaining a quad injury that sidelined him for almost all of last week's loss to the New York Jets. Michael Gallup will assume the number-one receiving role in Dallas' passing attack in Cooper's absence. Over the last two weeks, Gallup has totaled 11 receptions on 21 targets for 161 yards and a touchdown. Tavon Austin also recorded season-high target, reception, and yardage totals last week without Cooper. Look for him to play a larger role in Dallas' offense while Amari Cooper is sidelined. Dallas' offensive line, when healthy, is among the league's best. In week seven, however, they may be without both starting tackles against the Philadelphia Eagles. La'El Collins and Tyron Smith both missed week six, and both are questionable for week seven. Brandon Knight started in place of Collins and allowed a team-high six pressures on the quarterback, while Cameron Fleming played for Tyron Smith and held his own, allowing only one pressure. A previously-elite offensive line is likely closer to league-average without Smith and Collins on the field, hampering what was previously a resounding strength in the Cowboys' offense. The Philadelphia Eagles' pass defense ranks amongst the league's worst through the first six weeks of the 2019 season. Philadelphia's defensive line features two top-tier pass-rushers in Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, but their supporting cast has been unimpressive recently. Last week, Philadelphia's front four was hardly able to force any pressure on Kirk Cousins at all, even against Minnesota's struggling offensive line. At linebacker, the Eagles released Zach Brown following his ill-advised comments to the media before last week's game, coupled with poor on-field performance. Brown was a strong coverage linebacker, and he will likely be replaced by Kamu Grugier-Hill. In limited 2019 action, Grugier-Hill has struggled against the pass. Expect a significant downgrade in coverage at the second-level of Philadelphia's defense going forward. The secondary has been the weakest point of the team's defense so far in 2019. Last week, the Vikings consistently beat Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones deep, as Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs combined for 13 catches on 19 targets, 224 yards, and a stunning 4 touchdowns. On the season, the Eagles have allowed 6 100-yard receivers in 6 games. The only team to not register a 100-yard receiver against Philadelphia was the New York Jets in week five, quarterbacked by Luke Falk, who has since been released. A matchup against Philadelphia's horrid pass defense may be the perfect remedy for Dallas' struggling aerial attack. Last weekend, the Vikings set season-high passing totals against the Eagles thanks to a play-action-heavy offensive gameplan. Should the Cowboys adopt a similar strategy, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense have a fantastic opportunity to right the ship and light up the scoreboard in week seven.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Amari Cooper's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Latest NewsCowboys | Questionable tag for Amari Cooper (Fri Oct 18, 05:11 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (ankle, quadriceps) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is listed as questionable for Week 7. Our View: We're not sure if Cooper is going to give it a go. The game is Sunday night so have other options at the ready just in case they declare him as out due to these injuries.
link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper expected for Week 7 (Fri Oct 18, 01:17 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quadriceps) is expected to practice Friday, Oct. 18, and play in Week 7, per sources. link to story Cowboys | Dallas' Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 17, 04:41 PM) - Dallas Cowboys CB Anthony Brown (hamstring), WR Randall Cobb (back), WR Amari Cooper (ankle, quad), CB Byron Jones (hamstring), C Joe Looney (back) and OG Zack Martin (back, ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 17. DE Dorance Armstrong (neck), OT La'el Collins (knee), WR Michael Gallup (knee), P Chris Jones (back) and OT Tyron Smith (ankle) were limited. C Travis Frederick (non-injury), LB Sean Lee (back) and RB Tony Pollard (knee) were full participants. link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper plans to practice Friday (Thu Oct 17, 03:26 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quadriceps) said he plans to be at least a limited participant during practice Friday, Oct. 18. He said he left the Week 6 game early because he believed he was hurting the team. Our View: The Cowboys play against the Eagles on Sunday night. Have other plans at the WR position in case Cooper cannot play.
link to story Cowboys | Amari Cooper still out of practice (Thu Oct 17, 12:19 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (ankle, quadriceps) was not able to practice 'meaningfully' Thursday, Oct. 17 as he deals with a pair of leg injuries. Our View: Cooper looks doubtful for Sunday night. If he is active, he'll have a high ceiling, but floor of zero. Tavon Austin, Cedrick Wilson, Demaryius Thomas, and Nelson Agholor are good adds in deep leagues if you want to wait on Cooper and have an injury hedge. Michael Gallup should have a big game Sunday night whether Cooper is out there or not.
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