Cooper opened the season with a great game in Week 1 against the New York Giants. He caught six passes for 106 yards and one touchdown. He would continue with this momentum, but a little inconsistently than some would like.
At the end of the season, Cooper did have a good stat line. Having 1189 yards and eight touchdowns is not something to complain about. It’s also important to keep in mind that he has been battling injuries all season long.
Cooper came into the season with a nagging heel injury that was holding him out from practices. After that, he suffered a bone bruise that forced him out of the Week 6 matchup against the New York Jets. Guess what? He suffered yet another injury, this time to his knee, in Week 13.
Injuries have plagued this season for Cooper, yet he still had a solid Pro Bowl season. Some look to him as one of the better wideouts off the line of scrimmage but was criticized when his injuries limited his effectiveness.
This is something that many people need to keep in mind. The talent that Cooper has should not be questioned at all. If you want to question how healthy he can be, then that’s a fair argument.
Had Cooper not been injured, just imagine how much better his season would have been. Sure, maybe he needs to be a little more consistent. He has had some problems with continuing his success every week.
More specifically, Cooper struggled to play well in away games. He looked like a completely different player when he played in Dallas in comparison to when he played elsewhere, and his stats show just how big of a difference there was.
In eight games at AT&T Stadium this season, Cooper had 52 receptions, 869 yards, and five touchdowns. Compare that to eight games away catching 27 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.
Another huge dip that Cooper had in away games was his catching percentage. At home, he has a solid 77.6 percent, while away he has a lowly 51.9 percent. He looked bad regarding the eye test, and the stats just make it look that much worse.
Overall, he had a good season. Cooper made up for his poor games with otherworldly games such as his 226 yard, one touchdown performance in Week 5. He should look to be more consistent next season and on.