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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is looking to set new heights during 2017. He believes that he “can have a lot more production than [he’s] had in the past two seasons,” Cooper said during media availability Tuesday, per CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
This would be the quite the achievement considering he had over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns in each of his two seasons, while having more receptions as a rookie than retired wide receivers Randy Moss and Andre Johnson.
Cooper also seems to be downplaying his start to his career, for he mentioned he feels “like [he] can go nowhere but up.” However, Cooper is nowhere near the bottom, for 99 percent of the receivers who enter the league each year wish they could have the output of Cooper’s.
While it is good to see that the former Crimson Tide receiver is still hungry to improve despite his accomplishments, Cooper is also correct in that there are areas of his game he can work to improve upon.
The third-year receiver has struggled with a steep decline in production down the stretch of his first two NFL seasons, while dropping far more passes than any WR would care to. But even those concerns are very minor when one grasps the magnitude of what Cooper has been able to do in his young career.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio seems to agree, stating that Cooper is “eager to be special” and thinks he will “continue to ascend,” per Bair.