Like it or not the Dallas Cowboys have acquired receiver Amari Cooper. Now, we get to see what he can bring to this underwhelming offense.
The Dallas Cowboys have given up a first round pick for a former two-time Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper. Head coach Jason Garrett and the Cowboys are betting that a change of scenery will return Cooper to his past form. If he can do that then defenses are going to have a problem defending Dallas’ offense once again.
Now that Cooper is a member of America’s Team, let’s talk about what he brings to this offense. The 24-year old gives this team another receiver defenses have to gameplan for.
Cooper’s 4.4 speed and ability to separate from cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage is excellent and should give quarterback Dak Prescott a much wider window to complete throws than any of his other wideouts. The fourth-year receiver also has a knack for making plays after he gets the ball in his hands.
You put together the speed, quick release, and Cooper’s ability to make plays after the catch; and it will force safety coverage his way to free up receivers like Cole Beasley and Michael Gallup with more one-on-one coverages. And teams that have to cover Beasley one-on-one are going to have a problem.
Cooper’s presence will also be felt in the running game. Keeping the safeties back to play the pass will also take that extra defender out of the box for the Cowboys running game to start breaking off long runs. Both running back Ezekiel Elliott and Prescott will be able to find more lanes to make plays with their legs.
Of course, this is all hypothetical because if offensive coordinator Scott Linehan isn’t able to call the right plays and Prescott can’t find the open receivers, the Cowboys will continue to fall in the NFC East standings no matter who they bring in to help on offense.
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