Amari Cooper isn’t patting himself on the back for having 1,000 receiving yards in both of his NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
“It’s not really that hard to get a thousand yards in a 16-game season,” Cooper said as the Raiders opened training camp for the 2017 season, “and I’ve had a lot of games to where I didn’t produce like I thought I should’ve. So I definitely have a lot to improve on, and I feel like I can make that improvement this year.”
Cooper caught 72 passes for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie in 2015 and 83 passes for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns in 2016. The former Alabama All-American received a Pro Bowl invitation during each season.
This season, Cooper isn’t going to be satisfied with that level of play.
“My main focus this season is to take advantage of every opportunity that I have,” Cooper said, “so if I get the ball thrown to me 10 times in practice tomorrow, I want to catch 10 passes. So I want to maximize on my opportunities.”
Amari Cooper hauls in a pass from Derek Carr one-handed at Raiders training camp pic.twitter.com/D4aBTCWfCL
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More opportunities in the red zone would be welcomed by Cooper. Of his 11 touchdown receptions in the NFL, only two covered fewer than 26 yards – 15- and 19-yard TDs in 2015.
Last season, Cooper had five receptions with no touchdowns on plays with the Oakland offense inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Seth Roberts, a former West Alabama standout who is the Raiders’ No. 3 wide receiver, had eight catches and four TDs on red-zone snaps in 2016.
“I definitely would love for my quarterback to…
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