By Brian Mayer
On October 22 the Dallas Cowboys landed wide receiver Amari Cooper, trading a first-round draft pick to Oakland in what was considered a season–altering move and one worthy of the jettisoned pick in the 2019 draft. Cooper joined NBC Sports Pro Football Talk host Mike Florio recently to speak on what motivated the need for a trade from the Raiders, improving on last season and the progress with his quarterback.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Coopers numbers began to dip early on in the 2018 season. Working to establish himself in new coach Jon Gruden’s offense and later finding himself in the concussion protocol following a loss the Seattle in Week 6, Cooper admitted a change of scenery was really necessary.
“There are things that I wanted to do out there on the field during the games, certain plays that I wanted to be called and certain routes that I wanted to run that just weren’t a part of the game plan.”
In nine games with the Cowboys, Cooper accumulated 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns along with a combined 280 yards and one touchdown for...