Oakland Raiders: Notes And Observations From Week Seven

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Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) catches a pass while defended by San Diego Chargers defensive back Jimmy Wilson (27) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper Is Flat Out Amazing

It’s sometimes hard to remember that Amari Cooper is a rookie. He plays with such polish and finesse, it seems like he’s been around forever. But every once in a while, he’ll make a rookie blunder that reminds that hey yeah, he’s still a rookie. The best thing about Cooper though, is that he only makes those blunders once. He learns from them and does not repeat them.

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  • The game seems to come so easy to him and against the Chargers, he had his way all day long. He routinely made the San Diego defense look utterly stupid out on the field. Perhaps no play exemplifies that more than the short receiver screen that Carr threw to Cooper just over the line of scrimmage. Cooper took the ball, outran the linebackers, and when galloping through the secondary, Cooper made a vicious cut that left one San Diego defender grasping for air before tripping, falling, and taking out his teammate.

    The end result of that was a 52-yard touchdown for Cooper and a whole lot of embarrassment and bruised egos for San Diego.

    Cooper finished the day with five receptions on six targets for 133 yards and that amazing, ankle-breaking touchdown catch and run. He is further solidifying his status as a very possible Offensive Rookie of the Year winner, and building a rapport with Carr that is going to pay huge dividends for the Raiders for many years to come.

    They are already one of the league’s most exciting and most explosive pass/catch combinations and they will only get better with more time to develop together.

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