Jerry Jones expressed optimism in the decision to acquire Amari Cooper from the Raiders.
The Cowboys owner spoke about Cooper for the first time since dealing a first-round pick for the wide receiver, and indicated he expects Cooper to be in Dallas for a long time.
“We wouldn’t give that first-round pick up (to Oakland) if it weren’t for the long term,” Jones said Friday during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “And the other thing we can do is step in here and have immediate value for him for this year.”
Jones went on to say Cooper will be a strong play-making option for quarterback Dak Prescott and he believes the wideout will “definitely change the dynamics of the offense.”
“He’s certainly as advertised in terms of just his conscientiousness, how he approaches it, his work ethic. And, of course, he has unique skills,” Jones said.
Cooper arrived in Dallas on Tuesday then practiced with the team Wednesday and Thursday. The 24-year-old receiver told reporters he’s excited for a “fresh start.” He also said: “It feels great to be wanted.”
Cooper, originally selected by the Raiders out of Alabama with the fourth pick in the 2015 draft, has caught 22 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. He’s coming off a disappointing 2017 though, as he had just 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.