Raiders' Derek Carr: That dog in ex-Alabama WR Amari Cooper is coming out
Former Alabama WR Amari Cooper has been a Pro Bowler for the Raiders, but even after back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Raiders’ QB Derek Carr thinks Cooper is about to become even better.
The Raiders’ WR has been impressive in his first two seasons, starting all 32 games en route to 155 receptions, 2,223 receiving yards, and 11 TDs. His two Pro Bowls in his first two seasons have put him on a fast track to stardom, but that still falls a bit short of his monstrous 2014 season at Alabama.
During that season, Cooper was a massive part of Alabama offense. He put up one of the most impressive seasons by a WR in NCAA history, setting numerous school records and nabbing the SEC mark for single season receptions with 124 while racking up 1,727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
Derek Carr thinks that the Alabama version of Cooper is about to rear its head in Oakland, after the team made Carr the highest paid player in the NFL.
“That … dog in him is coming out, that thing that you saw at Alabama where he’ll just take things over, and not to say that he hasn’t because he has, but I just think that it’s not just becoming a thing of what game it’s going to be, it’s becoming a thing where that’s who he is,” Carr said of Cooper. “DBs better know that he’s really taking it serious that he’s trying to go attack them this year. He’s not going to let them come to him anymore.
“The guy has been going off all camp, all offseason. We were kind of just laughing at how impressed we were.”
One thing that’s certainly more impressive is Cooper’s physique. He showed up to camp looking absolutely jacked last week, adding more evidence to Carr’s claims of a promised breakout season.
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It still remains to be seen if Cooper can reach the heights of other SEC WRs like Julio Jones, Odell Beckham and A.J. Green in the NFL, but his third season may be the launching point for true stardom.