Gruden Says WR Amari Cooper Will Be ‘Focal Point’ of Raiders Offense

Speaking at the NFL Combine, new Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said wide receiver Amari Cooper will be the Raiders’ offensive “focal point” moving forward according to Scott Bair of NBC Bay Area.

“I hope he’s listening here today. I’m looking forward to joining up with Amari Cooper. He has tremendous quickness. He’s smart, versatile and he’s a gamer. He likes the bright lights, and he’ll be the headliner in our offense.” Gruden said.

The 4th-overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Alabama, Cooper posted back-to-back 1000-plus seasons his first two years in the league but 2017 was a different story. Cooper caught only 48 passes for 680 yards and seven TDs in 14 games-decent numbers until you factor in that 11 of those catches for 210 yards came in one game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.

Otherwise, Cooper was a massive disappointment amid rumors that he played hurt all season. Even at his best, Cooper has been plagued by drops. He is still only 23 years old, however, and seems poised for a major bounce-back year under Gruden provided he can get and stay healthy.

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