Jerry Jones expresses frustration with down season for Amari Cooper
After 3 straight seasons of 70+ catches and over 1,000 receiving yards (2018-20), Amari Cooper’s production dipped in 2021. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vented some frustration with that on Friday.
Jones addressed a wide range of topics, including Cooper, during an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. In 2021, Cooper caught 68 of his 104 targets (65.4 percent) for 865 yards. Jones expects more production from his highest-paid pass-catcher.
“The way we were playing early when he did make something happen, I thought Cooper had a big part of it. And I’m not being trite,” Jones said in a Friday radio appearance, per Jori Epstein of USA TODAY. “But how he fits in, he should take half the field with him when he runs a route. Half is an exaggeration of course, but a whole bunch of that defense should have to honor Cooper. And he ought to be able to catch it in the middle of when they’re going with him. Others do. You throw to people that are covered all the time in the NFL, you have to. Most people don’t have the numbers of receivers we have in the NFL.”
As the USA TODAY article notes, Jones’ frustration is likely tied to Cooper’s salary. The former Alabama standout is set to be owed more than $20 million in 2022 if he remains with the Cowboys.