Dak Prescott Explains Why Amari Cooper Is Special

Cooper was inconsistent in Oakland; well, he's been a force in Dallas

Reiter Than You
October 08, 2019 - 6:22 pm

Amari Cooper had an up-and-down tenure with the Oakland Raiders. He’d be great one game, not-so-great the next.

Dallas has been a different story.

Cooper has played 16 games for the Cowboys: nine regular-season games in 2018, five regular-season games in 2019, and two playoff games. He has 98 catches for 1,408 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Why has he been so effective in Dallas?

“He’s a great receiver that just gets separation,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott told Bill Reiter. “People ask how did our chemistry grow so fast so quickly, but honestly, that’s just a guy that studies the game, that knows who he’s going against, knows his opponent and then just prepares for it and goes out there and executes his plan. When he does, he gets separation and allows for an easy target.”

That was apparent to Prescott early and often last season.

“It was within the first couple of games,” Prescott said. “That first game, we had him against Tennessee, down there in the red zone, he runs a little escape route – and right there, I was able to see his suddenness, the way he creates that separation, how strong he is, how quick he is out of his breaks.”

Prescott also saw how explosive Cooper was. He had eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns against Washington and 10 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns against Philadelphia.

Unsurprisingly, the Cowboys won both of those games.

“He just came in and showed who he was pretty quickly,” Prescott said, “and allowed not only me, but the country, to see he’s going to be a really, really good player for us.”

Cooper has 32 catches for 512 yards and five touchdowns this season.

The Cowboys (3-2) play the Jets (0-4) on the road this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.