Amari Cooper‘s NFL career got off to a fantastic start. He made the Pro Bowl in his first two years in the league. After those successes, his production dropped off for no apparent reason.
In the midst of the 2018 season, the Raiders traded Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round draft pick. Cooper addressed his former team and the reasons for the trade in a YouTube video produced by the Cowboys. He was supposed to face his former team on Thanksgiving but will miss the game because of COVID-19 protocols.
“I don’t have any bitter feelings. I can’t say that I do just because I really do understand the business.
The production wasn’t what it needed to be. That’s really the only way a team will get rid of you. So I understand.[…]I do take responsibility because I did have some drops when I was there. So I do take responsibility for that.”
Since joining the Cowboys, Cooper’s production improved dramatically. His yards per season have been very consistent, improving every year but one. The change of scenery clearly made a difference in the way Amari Cooper approaches the game.
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