Oakland Raiders Jerseys Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper made the Pro Bowl roster for the second time in his two NFL seasons this week, and this time, it wasn’t as an injury replacement. The former Alabama All-American is a starter for the AFC’s all-stars.
In the second half of the 2016 season, Cooper has been drawing coverage that befits that status.
“It hasn’t been the same,” Cooper said. “I’ve seen a little bit more safety over the top, a little bit more double-coverage, guys following me around.”
In the first half of the season, Cooper caught 52 passes for 787 yards and two touchdowns. But in the six games since he gained 173 yards on 12 receptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the eighth contest of the season, Cooper has 22 receptions for 251 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t topped 59 yards in any game, and in Sunday’s 19-16 victory over the San Diego Chargers, Cooper had one catch.
“We have a lot of capable receivers on this team, so I don’t really worry about it,” Cooper said of the extra attention sent his way by defensive coordinators.
Cooper’s drop in production hasn’t hurt the
Cheap nfl Jerseys Raiders’ bottom line. Oakland has a 5-1 record in the past six games. At 11-3 overall, the Raiders are enjoying their first winning season since 2002 and are headed for the playoffs for the first time since then.
“The feeling in the locker room, everyone was ecstatic,” Cooper said of the Raiders wrapping up a postseason spot by beating the Chargers. “I could just see the smiles on everyone’s faces. Guys were happy, man, just to be a part of this team, and just to have a winning season and know that we’re going into the playoffs, it’s a great feeling.”
Still, Oakland offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave would like to get Cooper the ball more than he’s seen it lately.
“Amari’s really been working,” Musgrave said. “A couple plays were designed to go to Amari, and they happened to be completions to someone else due to the coverage. That’s one Cheap jersey wholesale thing we want to do each and every week is feature our premier guys and get him his touches. So we need to make up for lost ground there.”