Cowboys "Blessed" To Have Amari Cooper

Former Cowboys great Drew Pearson had no idea Amari Cooper was this good. In fact, he wanted Dallas to trade for another wide receiver instead

Taz and the Moose
December 06, 2018 - 10:51 am

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The Dallas Cowboys (7-5) started the season 3-5 but have won four games in a row and are atop the NFC East. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason, without question, is Amari Cooper.

Just how big of a deal was the Amari acquisition? 

“Man, big deal,” former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson said on Taz & The Moose. “I didn’t think he’d mean that much. As a matter of fact, I said I wish they went and got Golden Tate instead of Amari Cooper. So much do I know.”

Cooper is averaging six catches and 85 yards a game in five games for Dallas. He has caught 75 percent of his targets and has three touchdowns – two of which came during a Thanksgiving win over Washington.

“Amari Cooper, I just didn’t know much about him,” Pearson said. “I didn’t know he was that effective or that precise of a pass-route runner. He runs beautiful pass routes. His presence there has just helped the other receivers learn how to run pass routes and create that separation and give Dak that target to throw to.”

Adding Cooper means that Cole Beasley and Michael Gallup are no longer Dallas’ Nos. 1 and 2 receivers. It’s also made live easier for Ezekiel Elliott, who is averaging 155.6 total yards per game with Cooper in the lineup.

“(Cooper’s) presence out there, when he breaks the huddle and lines up, it takes a man out of the box,” Pearson said. “Now we got our running game going, the play-action pass is going and then we can throw the football downfield because a lot of times we get in the right kind of coverages because of Amari Cooper out there. 

“So it was an expensive price to pay but one the Cowboys, I think, needed to pay,” Pearson continued. “This guy is only 24 years and been in the league four years. He has two 1,000-yard seasons. We’re blessed to have him, and he certainly has made a difference.”

The Cowboys host the Eagles (6-6) this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.