Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has all the talent in the world to one day be one of the most explosive receivers in the game. However, he’s gotten off to a slower start than usual during the 2017 NFL season, as he and quarterback Derek Carr have struggled to connect with one another so far.
Cooper is known for his dynamic playmaking as a wideout entering his third season. Despite his consistency issues, Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph is not willing to let his defense underestimate the young receiver.
According to Jerry McDonald of Mercury News, Joseph is well aware of Cooper’s abilities in the open field:
He has got one of the best stop and start abilities that I’ve ever seen from a taller receiver,” Joseph said in a conference call. “He’s got really good ball skills. If he catches the ball you’d better get him on the ground because he can make guys miss. He reminds me of Jarvis Landry, who I was with in Miami last year, but with more speed. So that’s scary.”
Denver is currently 11th in passing yards allowed in the league, but their defense is probably more known for applying pressure to opposing team’s quarterbacks. Their relentless pass rush has only given up 5.9 passing yards per attempt to opposing quarterbacks, which may mean Carr could be in for another long day if his offensive line struggles like they did in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.
The Raiders are going to have to play smart if they plan on staying above .500 by the end of Week 4. Things are not looking to get any easier with the AFC West division looking like it may be one of the most competitive divisions in the league.