The Oakland Raiders drafted a legitimate number one receiver when they selected Amari Cooper fourth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft – yet, even his early succes shouldn’t make him immune to criticism.
For many, many years, the Oakland Raiders lacked a genuine number one receiver. They didn’t have anybody who could stretch the field, make big plays, and keep opposing defenses honest. That all changed though, when they drafted Amari Cooper out of Alabama in the first round of the 2015 Draft.
Suddenly, the Raiders had the threat on the outside they lacked for so long. Paired with Michael Crabtree, Oakland has one of the most potent 1-2 receiving punches in the league. And they”ve given the Raiders one of the most prolific offenses that they’ve had in a very long time.
Over his first two seasons in the league, Cooper has absolutely been on fire. He’s been everything the team could have hoped for when they drafted him – and more. In his first two seasons in the league, Cooper has gone off for 2,223 yards on155 catches — a healthy clip of 14.3 yards per reception — and has hauled in 11 touchdowns.
As scintillating as Cooper has been over his first two seasons though, he hasn’t yet hit his ceiling. He still has room to grow and improve – something that should terrify opposing defenses. And something that even the most hardcore of the hardcore fans shouldn’t be afraid to say.
There is a camp emerging who apparently views criticism of Cooper as – to quote one source – “ridiculous” and “asinine.”
In both of Cooper’s pro seasons, he started off the season white hot – only to fade down the stretch….
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