By Luke Straub
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“I think I can get open on anybody,” Cooper said, according to The Mercury News’ Matt Schneidman. Cooper was answering a question about how he would perform against the Seahawks’ secondary in London on Sunday.
Cooper had just one catch for 10 yards in the Raiders’ setback loss last week against the Chargers. Cooper has continued to disappear at times, much like he did a season ago. He’s had two games with over 100 receiving yards but three games with less than 20 yards to his credit.
Quarterback Derek Carr told reporters he tried to get Cooper the ball against the Chargers more times than his one target would suggest. Cooper agreed with him.
“A lot of times plays are called where I’m the first read but the defense doesn’t allow him to throw that particular route,” Cooper said during his press conference.
Cooper is too good a player to have just one catch in a game so badly needed by the Raiders, no matter what the defense is doing. Oakland has to find a way to improve Cooper’s consistency. If they can’t, the Raiders may move on from him rather than sign him to an extension. And that would be a shame considering Cooper’s immense...