3 numbers to target for Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper in 2019
The once heralded Dallas Cowboys infamously acquired former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper midway through last season. As a result of the notably midseason acquisition, the Cowboys managed to win the NFC East en route to reaching the postseason — despite failing to reach the Super Bowl yet again, of course.
However, if the Cowboys are going to return to the glory days of winning multiple Super Bowls starting with the 2019 campaign, Cooper is going to have to have a memorable season for Dallas. With his first full season in Dallas now on the immediate horizon, expect some big things from Coopers if the Cowboys are at all successful next season.
Now, this may initially seem like a low number, but the Dallas Cowboys have provided Amari Cooper will some additional help this time around. In addition to running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott both ready to produce in terms of the team’s rusher attack, the Cowboys’ passing game will go through the quartet of Cooper, previously retired tight end Jason Witten, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, and soon-to-be second-year wideout Michael Gallup.
Because the Cowboys have surrounded Cooper with such talent, the former Oakland Raiders standout surely won’t be able to reach 100 catches as a result of the 2019 regular season. With the Cowboys slated to share the wealth on offense, 75 receptions from Cooper should do the trick in Dallas next season.
1,000 Receiving Yards
Although Amari Cooper won’t tally 100 catches in 2019, the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 1 wide receiver should be able to go over 1,000 yards. Even with the aforementioned group very much in the picture for the Cowboys offensively, Cooper will no doubt serve as the team’s top deep threat next season, which will allow him to rack up significant yards even if he cannot produce a head-turning amount of receptions.
Assuming Cooper remains healthy and appears in all 16 regular season games for the Cowboys in 2019, the former first-round NFL Draft pick will be forced to average just 62.5 receiving yards per game in order to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.
Though it may not seem like it, this may be the most challenging feat for Amari Cooper to accomplish for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Even though this is well under one touchdown per game across a 16-game regular season, Cooper will be forced to split red zone touches with running back Ezekiel Elliott, slot receiver Randall Cobb and veteran tight end Jason Witten. Because this will more than likely be the case, in addition to the fact that opposing defenses will surely double-team Cooper in the red zone, his touches inside the 20-yard line may not jump off the stat sheet come season’s end.
With this in mind, Cooper will be forced to score the majority of his touchdowns by running through and over opposing defenses well outside the red zone. Although this is entirely possible if Cooper can add a few extra red-zone touches alongside breaking free for some long touchdowns, it remains a much more difficult task than reaching at least 75 receptions or 1,000 receiving yards.