Amari Cooper’s Week 1 struggles for the Oakland Raiders in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams can likely be attributed to a few different things. But regardless of how you look at it, the situation is concerning. After Cooper struggled in 2017, much of it was attributed to a poor offensive gameplan and nagging injuries.
When all was said and done, Cooper wrapped up last season by catching48 passes for 680 yards and seven touchdowns. The numbers don’t look terrible, but when you consider 325 of those yards and three touchdowns came in two games, it’s a bit head-scratching.
And unfortunately, Cooper’s Week 1 performance didn’t do much to help ease the concern from Raiders fans. The 24-year-old wideout caught just 1-of-3 targets for nine yards and was largely nonexistent throughout the Monday Night Football loss. After the game, head coach Jon Gruden held his press conference and addressed a wide range of topics, one of which was Cooper’s play.
One specific comment Gruden made about Cooper stood out among the rest, as Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal revealed.
To hear a coach say getting his top wide receiver going is “easier said than done” has to be concerning, on a few levels.
Source: Heavy Sports