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    Cowboys Nation PSA: WR Amari Cooper Deserves More Respect

    There are always players who don't get the credit they deserve. Usually they're guys whose work isn't easily seen in the box score, like offensive linemen or a who's awesome against the run. But despite being one of the league's most-productive receivers since coming to Dallas, Amari Cooper still isn't getting his due respect from many in .

    Dallas traded their 2019 1st-round pick to add Cooper and give a much-needed boost to their after dumping the previous . In just nine games in 2018, barely over half a season, Amari posted 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns. He made the as an alternate despite having changed teams in the middle of the year.

    In 2019, Cooper put up career-highs of 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns on 79 catches. He returned to the Pro Bowl as well, his fourth invite in just five seasons.

    Last year, despite only having for five weeks and everything else bad that happened in 2020, Amari still 92 catches for 1,114 yards and five scores. Even with and having strong years in their own rights, Cooper was still 10 among all NFL receivers in catches and 12th in yards.

    Despite this fantastic work over the last 2.5 seasons as a Cowboy, Cooper still has critics among some onlookers. You'll often see shots about his lack of enthusiasm on the field or that he doesn't step up in big games.

    That second comment is easily disproven if you just look at the man's gamelogs. Some of his biggest days have come against Philadelphia and Washington, or in showdowns with contenders like Green Bay or Minnesota in 2019.

    In Dallas' 2018 playoff win over Seattle, Amari had seven catches for 106 yards. He only had 65 yards the following week against the Rams, on a day when nothing went well for the Cowboys, but did score a touchdown in the playoff elimination.

    Criticism of Cooper seems to be more about that first issue, his lack of on-field enthusiasm and celebratory antics. After having Dez Bryant and as WR1 for many years before Amari, and perhaps even the shadow of Michael Irving still lingering, some Cowboys fans seem to think that's how a top WR should always behave.

    Without question, we enjoy the flash and the fun that exuberant receivers and other offensive players can bring. I wrote recently about how Ezekiel Elliott can help the team with more of the charisma and character we saw in his rookie season.

    But not everyone can be that guy, and we certainly don't want them to force it. There's room for the quiet killers too and that's exactly who Amari Cooper is.

    Amari's flash in his ankle-breaking routes. His fun is helping his team win, which hopefully the rest of the Cowboys' roster will be in a better position to do in 2021.

    Don't get on the guy for not making elaborate 1st-down gestures, throwing up any X's, or otherwise showing off between plays. Amari Cooper has more then delivered on that 1st-round pick and a big contract, earning his keep every single week since joining the Cowboys. He's easily been a top-five player on this roster and perhaps the best ball-handling offensive player the last three years.

    We all kill a certain for all of his celebration without substance. Amari is the opposite and we should love and respect him for it.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    siempre

    Cooper has significant flaws that make him less than he appears.
    He annually is at the worst for drops.
    But, his most problematic issue is he shrinks from contact. If a corner plays him tight he quits. He has caused several interceptions as good corners play tight coverage and Cooper quits his route. This was most obvious at the end of the Cleveland game last season. Cooper even publically took blame for quiting his route as he was tight covered and so he stopped and watched the defender intercept .
    No. Cooper is overrated. Give him a loose coverage and he looks good. Against tough teams and quality corners, he disappears.

    Cowboy Fan Ed

    All I know is before AC came to Dallas we had a hard time moving the chains to get first downs much less touchdowns but once he showed up we looked like a completely different offense! I realize he like every player has holes in his game that he needs to fill ! I just hope that if we can stay somewhat healthy then I believe with the receivers we have this will give AC and the others room to really flourish and show their real talent! And if not it’s like I’ve said before: these guys are paid very well to do a job and if they don’t do that job then it’s time to take the money that they are being paid and find somebody that can do the job! This goes for the QB the RB the WR the LB the CB etc etc and the coaches! It’s that simple!

    Robert

    Simply put, Cooper’s production much less than his paycheck.

    A TRUE COWBOYS FAN

    Y’all people are crazy…. Amari Cooper is our go to receiver, if we need a big play to happen, or if we just need to get a first down on a 3rd and long Cooper is the one Prescott looks for!!
    And Siempre, just for your information, Cooper didn’t quit on that route in the Cleveland game cause the corner was covering too close or whatever you said in your stupid comment, he quit on the route cause the ball wasn’t even supposed to go to him!! He never expected the ball to go his way…. He ran his route long enough for the play to happen and stopped cause the play was supposed to be over by then!! You people are so quick to put somebody down that you don’t think to figure out why these things happen!!
    And Robert…. How do you figure his production don’t match his paycheck!? The last time I checked, getting a thousand yards or more every year is one hell of an accomplishment!! The receiver getting paid more than Cooper can’t even do that!! But I don’t hear you people talk crap about him…. That receiver can’t even play a whole season without getting hurt and missing games, while on the other hand, we are lucky enough to have Cooper who gets a thousand yards or more every season and he plays hurt for us and everything, and you people wanna talk crap about him!!
    For being Cowboys fans, you people sure like to put down all these Cowboys players!! It don’t make any sense…. True Cowboys fans are supposed to support their team no matter what, but you people with these stupid comments on this site just have to put these Cowboys players down every chance you get!! That’s not a Cowboys fan, that’s called a hater from where I’m standing!!

    Tino

    Siempre dude literally everything you said was lies and can be debunked by actual facts and numbers but i won’t even waist my time with a ridiculous hater like you.


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