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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver | #89

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/17/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (4) / OAK
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Amari Cooper caught 2-of-5 targets for 17 yards in the Raiders' Week 3 loss to the Dolphins.
It was back into hiding for Cooper, who appeared to run the wrong route on Derek Carr's first interception and committed an inexplicable second half drop. Cooper, an NFL receiver, let the ball go right through his hands without touching it. His quiet day came as Jordy Nelson exploded and Martavis Bryant drew as many targets. Cooper is simply too volatile to be counted on as an every-week WR3. He has a tough Week 4 matchup in the Browns. Sep 23 - 5:15 PM

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Amari Cooper caught 10-of-10 targets for 116 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

Cooper had just 17 receptions for 160 yards in six career games versus the Broncos prior to today, so this was an extremely positive game for Cooper after catching just one pass for nine yards in Week 1. No other Oakland player had more than four targets as Cooper played inside and outside during the game and was the clear number one target in the offense. Being a boom-or-bust option to this point in his career, Cooper will look to build off this game Week 3 versus the Dolphins.
Sep 16 - 8:13 PM

Raiders OC Greg Olson said the team plans to move Amari Cooper around the formation "a lot."

Olson said the same is true of Jared Cook. "Critical to our success," Olson emphasized. Olson and coach Jon Gruden lived up to that pledge on Monday, running Cooper out of the slot on 45.2 percent of his routes. That's compared to 21.8 percent in 2017. Cooper had just one catch for nine yards on three targets, but Gruden believes he got open plenty, and not so subtly admonished Derek Carr for passing up open looks to his No. 1 wideout. It's going to be hard for Cooper to get going against Chris Harris and company in Week 2.
Sep 13 - 2:32 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said it was going to be "easier said than done" to spark Amari Cooper going forward.

Cooper had a dreadful Week 1, catching 1-of-3 targets for nine yards while adding a nine-yard rush. Gruden actually did his best to get Cooper going against the Rams, featuring him out of the slot 45.2 percent of the time. That's compared to 21.8 percent a season ago. Derek Carr's struggles aren't helping. Busting Cooper's deepening slump is going to be extra difficult against the Broncos' stout secondary in Week 2.
Sep 11 - 4:14 PM

Amari Cooper caught 1-of-3 targets for nine yards and added one carry for nine yards in the Raiders' Week 1 loss to the Rams.

Cooper was involved early but it ultimately amounted to nothing. Surprisingly being motioned to the slot during the Raiders' first drive, Cooper's first touch was actually a nine-yard gain on a jet sweep. Needless to say, it's an incredibly discouraging outing, especially since Oakland stayed in catchup-mode for nearly the entire fourth quarter. Cooper's production was supposed to come in the form of volume, but a 7.5% target share clearly isn't helping anyone. He's a dicey WR3 until further notice.
Sep 11 - 2:03 AM

Amari Cooper hauled in his only target for 49 yards in Friday's preseason game versus the Packers.

Oakland's first-team offense stayed on the field for one series Friday, opening the game with a successful play-action pass to Cooper for a gain of 49 yards. Assuming Cooper and the rest of the Raiders' starters are done until Week 1, the former made his only target of the entire preseason count. The Raiders have 163 targets and 1,472 air yards available from last season and Cooper is a good bet to shore up a majority of the opportunity. Buy low while you can.
Aug 24 - 11:46 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden says Amari Cooper bulked up to 225 pounds this offseason.

Cooper was just 211 pounds at the 2015 Combine, so this is a significant change. While there has to be some concern that much weight gain will affect his speed and quickness, Gruden is excited about using Cooper, who he compared to Sterling Sharpe. "We're going to move him all over the place," Gruden said. "He is smart, he's elusive, he can run after the catch. We've got to get more ways to get him the football." Coming off easily his worst season as a pro, Cooper has some bounce-back appeal.
Source: NFL Network
Jul 31 - 10:00 AM

Raiders exercised WR Amari Cooper's fifth-year team option for 2019.

There was some manufactured drama over whether the Raiders would extend Cooper's rookie contract by a year, but this was always going to be the outcome. Slated to make $3.53 million this season, Cooper will be due roughly $13.9 million in 2019. The option is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Raiders could still walk away unless Cooper fails his physical before the start of the next league year. Wildly inconsistent through his first three NFL campaigns, 24-year-old (in June) Cooper has nevertheless already posted two 1,000-yard seasons.
Apr 23 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Raiders are expected to exercise Amari Cooper's fifth-year option for 2019.

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was somewhat noncommittal when Cooper's option was discussed on Friday, telling reporters he didn't want to "put the cart before the horse." However, this was always the expected outcome for Cooper, even coming off a down year in 2017. Cooper's option is expected to be worth $13.9 million.
Apr 22 - 11:45 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said the team has been in touch with Amari Cooper's agent about "possibly" exercising his fifth-year option.

"I don’t want to put anything out there, don’t want to put the cart before the horse so to speak," said McKenzie. "But we like Amari." A year ago, picking up Cooper's option would have been a no-brainer, but he damaged his stock by committing 10 drops last season, third-most in the NFL behind only Keenan Allen and Dez Bryant. The Raiders claim Cooper wasn't fully healthy, which may explain why the 23-year-old finished with career-lows in both catches (48) and receiving yards (680). The Raiders have until May 3 to decide on Cooper's option.
Apr 20 - 3:51 PM

Coach Jon Gruden reiterated he envisions Amari Cooper as the "main vein" of the Raiders' passing game going forward.

Gruden, a former wideouts coach, has made it clear Cooper will be counted on for No. 1 wideout usage after sharing the role with Michael Crabtree the past three years. "I said it when he came out of Alabama, that he reminded me of a young Tim Brown," Gruden said. "He has that type of game speed. He's elusive, and has a wide range of routes he can run. He's flexible. It'll benefit him to stay healthy and stay in the same system for a few years. If he does that, great things are ahead." Cooper's career high for targets is 132, set in 2016. He sounds likely to push for a new career high in Gruden's first year.
Apr 2 - 6:00 PM

Speaking at the NFL Combine, coach Jon Gruden said Amari Cooper will be the Raiders' offensive "focal point" moving forward.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that Michael Crabtree will return with the team, but it sounds like Gruden has designs on making Cooper the Raiders' clear-cut No. 1 wideout. "He'll be the focal point of our offense," Gruden said of Amari. "I hope he's listening here today. I'm looking forward to joining up with Amari Cooper. He has tremendous quickness. He's smart, versatile and he's a gamer. He likes the bright lights, and he'll be the headliner in our offense." After a disappointing 2017, Cooper will be a high-upside bounce-back candidate in 2018 fantasy leagues.
Feb 28 - 12:57 PM

Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Derek Carr admitted Amari Cooper wasn't healthy in 2017.

Cooper did miss a pair of games late in the year due to a concussion and a high-ankle sprain, but even before that, he never looked right. "He would never say it to you but I'll say it to you to have his back," said Carr. "That man was out there giving anything he could and honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have played with what he had." Though he inexplicably scored a career-high seven touchdowns, Cooper's 48 catches and 680 receiving yards were both career-lows. He was also among the league leaders in drops with 10. Still just 23, Cooper will be a prime bounce-back candidate if he can stay healthy in 2018.
Feb 16 - 1:34 PM

Amari Cooper hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chargers.

Even with Michael Crabtree on the sidelines much of the game, Cooper did not see much volume in this one, but he did get loose for an 87-yard touchdown to tie the game in the second quarter. Touchdowns, often long ones, were Cooper's saving grace down the stretch as he found the end zone four times over his final five games. Still, Cooper failed to top 1,000 yards for the first time in his NFL career, catching just 48 passes for 680 yards. Cooper remains a lock to have his fifth-year option picked up, but he needs to prove he can consistently be a No. 1 option, especially with Crabtree expected to be released.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 10:27:00 PM

Amari Cooper (ankle) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Cooper avoided setbacks in his Week 16 return, where he scored a 63-yard touchdown. He will be a volatile WR3 against Casey Hayward and the Chargers.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2A.J. McCarron
RB1Marshawn Lynch
2Doug Martin
3Jalen Richard
4DeAndre Washington
GLB1Marshawn Lynch
2Doug Martin
3RB1Jalen Richard
2Marshawn Lynch
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Amari Cooper
2Dwayne Harris
WR21Jordy Nelson
2Brandon LaFell
3Martavis Bryant
4Seth Roberts
5Johnny Holton
WR31Martavis Bryant
2Seth Roberts
TE1Jared Cook
2Lee Smith
3Derek Carrier
LT1Kolton Miller
2Brandon Parker
LG1Kelechi Osemele
2T.J. Clemmings
C1Rodney Hudson
2Jon Feliciano
RG1Gabe Jackson
RT1Donald Penn
2Justin Murray
K1Mike Nugent