5 Dallas Cowboys that are shining despite a poor record

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Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
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. . . Amari Cooper, WR. 4. player. 123

The Dallas Cowboys have arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL. Part of the reason is because of the wide receiver Amari Cooper.

He is playing alongside two dangerous wideouts in Michael Gallup and rookie CeeDee Lamb, but Cooper remains the top option. He is the only wideout that has been able to find some level of chemistry with all four of Dallas’ starting quarterbacks this season.

All season, he had only two games with under 65 receiving yards. Alongside that is at least five targets in all but one game.

The offense has been scrambling for some level of production. Cooper is one of the lone players that continued his success. The dips in his production this season display the issues with the quarterbacks and offensive line rather than himself.

His catching percentage of 72.4 percent means his hands are better than they ever have been. Where he takes a hit is his career-low 11.9 yards per reception. Again, that is a reflection of the team shifting to short passes with their backup quarterbacks.

The four-time Pro Bowler is still on pace to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. It would be the fifth season in his six-year career of reaching that total.

He is also on pace to demolish his previous career-high for catches in a season of 83. His 71 catches in 11 games have him on track to make 103 catches.

When watching the games, you will see Cooper is efficient without the ball. Cornerbacks can’t cover him. That is because he is still a top-notch route-technician.

Cooper went to school at Alabama and graduated with a major in breaking ankles and finding open space. Unfortunately, we will not see his stats back that up until quarterback Andy Dalton is more consistent, or we need to wait until Dak Prescott returns next season.

Yes, I just said that. Dak will be back next season.