Amari Cooper has already set both franchise and NFL records through his first two seasons. Where will he rank in Oakland Raiders history when his career is over?
From the late 1960’s to the early 2000’s, the Oakland Raiders (and Los Angeles) have always had a history of greatness at the wide receiver position. From Fred Biletnikoff and Cliff Branch all the way to the Tim Brown and Jerry Rice duo and several in between, many great wide receivers have donned the Silver and Black.
However, the Raiders were in a serious drought of talent at the position from 2003 to 2014. So much so that they reached for players like Randy Moss and Javon Walker, which inevitably blew up in their face. It was indeed a dark period for not only wide receivers, but all 22 positions the Raiders fielded on Sundays.
Then came the 2015 NFL Draft, in which the Raiders had the 4th overall pick. Reggie McKenzie elected to select Amari Cooper, wide receiver out of Alabama with the pick. When Cooper was coming out, he was heralded as the best wide receiver in his class who would provide an instant impact on any team.
Coop not only lived up to that billing, but he quickly became one of the more respected wideouts just on his pure overall ability. Through his first two seasons in the Silver and Black, Amari has amassed 155 receptions for 2,223 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Before he turned 23 this past month, he ranked 2nd all time in receptions and 4th in yards in NFL history for receivers before the age of 23. He is also only the third wide receiver in NFL history with at least 70 receptions and 1,000 yards in his first two seasons in the NFL. Along…
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