Former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has helped the Cowboys win three of their last four games. He seems to be thriving in his new environment, and Dallas is now tied for the NFC East lead with the Redskins.
Cooper says the move to Texas has helped him grow in one particular area.
“Just reflecting on my last four games here and my personality here, I feel like it did change me, as far as having that chip on my shoulder,” Cooper told Yahoo Sports Tuesday. “Not that I wasn’t passionate before, but playing with more passion, trying to intentionally have fun out there. It definitely has changed me, in terms of me going out there and just having fun with it.”
Cooper played six games for Oakland this season, recording 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown. He’s already recorded 22 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas. On Thanskgiving Day he torched Washington by hauling in eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He’s proven to be the No. 1 receiver the Cowboys have needed so desperately.
Cooper and the Cowboys are playing it cool when it comes to negotiating a new contract for the two-time Pro-Bowler. He’ll be a free agent in 2019, and he hasn’t committed to Dallas long term just yet.
The battle for control of the NFC East has been tight all year. If America’s Team can finish strong, they may be able to secure Cooper’s future in Dallas for a few more years.