Dak On Amari Trade: "I'm So Excited About It"

The Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper from Oakland on Monday – and Dak Prescott couldn't be happier

Reiter Than You
October 24, 2018 - 8:41 pm

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When the Dallas Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper on Monday, Dak Prescott was on a plane.

“We were coming back from Washington,” the Cowboys quarterback said on Reiter Than You. “We had stayed a day over to do some things and some events within Washington. We were headed over and I woke up from a nap and a teammate told me. He told me, ‘Hey, we just made a trade.’”

Indeed, the Cowboys sent a 2019 first-round pick to the Raiders for Cooper. The 24-year-old has been inconsistent over the last year-and-a-half but began his career with back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons.

Prescott was thrilled with the trade.

“It offers our offense a lot,” he said. “I’m so excited about it. Just everything, him being such an explosive player, a guy that you can just get him the ball on a simple slant or a hitch route and he can do the rest. Guys like that don’t come around often, so for us to be able to get one and add to this offense, it’s so exciting. But it starts with just executing and doing our jobs better. Then when you put in a receiver like Amari, we can put up a lot of points, and we’re excited about that.”

Dallas (3-4) has alternated losses and wins this year but hopes Cooper will improve the offense. The Cowboys rank 29th in passing offense and 26th in scoring offense (20.0 points per game).

“We just got play better complementary football – on offense and pretty much as a team,” Prescott said. ‘When the defense gets us the ball back, we’ve got to go make sure that we put up points. The more we can do that consistently, we’ll get to exactly where we need to be.”

Jason Garrett has come under fire this season, but Prescott said the team is solely focused on winning.

“We don’t listen to any outside noise,” Prescott said. “That’s something that Coach Garrett preaches to the team: ‘We can’t listen to anything outside because everything outside of the guys that matter, all they’re trying to do is create a division within our team.’ So it’s important for us to know that what we’ve got, we’re thankful to have and we just got to continue to just back each other up and support each other. When we don’t focus on those things outside, we give ourselves a better chance to have success.”

The Cowboys, who have a bye this week, host the Titans (3-4) on Monday Night Football on Nov. 5. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.