Amari Cooper’s final days in Oakland were a forgettable hodgepodge of inconsistency and head-scratching usage. After fighting through six matches under Jon Gruden, the Raiders’ top receiver has been sent to Dallas, where he drifted once again.
During a radio interview with Pro Football Chat a week, Cooper reiterated the change of scenery was essential to reboot his livelihood.
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“Yeah. Whatever the situation may be, there are particular reasons why one place may not work to get a guy and another location will, Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I believe the change of scenery was really necessary. I honestly, honestly, do not think if I would’ve stayed with the Raiders last year I would have managed to flourish and attain some heights that I managed to achieve as a Cowboy. It was definitely necessary.”
In 11 games with Dallas, including playoffs, Cooper averaged 81.45 receiving yards per tilt and scored 7 TDs. In six games with Gruden’s Raiders, the wideout generated 46.6 getting yards with one TD. Cooper believes part of the manufacturing discrepancy was his usage in Oakland.
“I don’t think it was a good fit for me,” he explained. “I don’t believe I was really able to showcase my abilities there for whatever reasons, I will call it extenuating circumstances. But for whatever reason, I was not able to achieve my heights and I sort of knew I had to be gone to be able to do a few of the things that I wished to perform as an NFL player.
“I felt just like there are things that I wanted to do out there on the field during the matches, certain plays that I wanted to be known as and certain routes that I wanted to conduct that just weren’t a part of the game plan.”
After being unleashed in Dallas, Cooper seems poised for another big season as the No. 1 goal in the Cowboys’ offense. New planner Kellen Moore plans to be creative with his strategy and move the lively receiver around over previous coaches, which could help create positive matchups. Add in a complete offseason of chemistry building between Cooper and Dak Prescott, and it portends a big year for the wideout, irrespective of whether he is playing under a new huge contract or not.