Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has lived up to the hype since being taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Surpassing 1,000 receiving yards in his first two years in the league, Cooper looks to be one of Oakland’s biggest threats on the offensive end for years to come.
However, the third-year wideout still has consistency issues that are holding him back from being one of the top receivers in the league. While his performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 was certainly impressive, catching five passes for 62 yards and one touchdown, he and quarterback Derek Carr failed to connect several times on plays that could have possibly helped put the game further out of reach.
According to Scott Bair of NBC Sports, Cooper has been his own biggest critic acknowledging the work he needs to put in to better his efficiency in the next coming weeks:
My only goal is to take advantage of all my opportunities,” Cooper said after a 26-16 win over Tennessee. “I didn’t really do that today. I have to improve. I have to move forward.”
Cooper is only 23 years old, meaning there is more than enough time for the young receiver to improve and become one of, if not the best, receiver in the league. It also does not hurt that he has one of the best quarterbacks in the league passing him the ball.
The team still has a long season ahead of them. Cooper and the Raiders look to keep their momentum rolling when the New York Jets come to Oakland for their Week 2 contest.