Wide receiver Amari Cooper is going to rely on his AFC West experience when the Cowboys face the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round on Saturday.
Cooper, who played with the Raiders for three and a half seasons before joining the Cowboys midseason, will face familiar foes in cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. The two are staples in Los Angeles’ secondary, but before joining the Rams they played for the Broncos and Chiefs, respectively.
“I’ve played against those guys twice a year, both of them, I know them in and out,” Cooper said, via the team’s website. “I know how they play, and I’m able to tell my teammates, the quarterback their tendencies.”
Cooper will hope his knowledge will stifle a talented defensive unit while also being a top target for quarterback Dak Prescott. The Rams finished the regular season tied for the third-most interceptions (18) with the Patriots and behind only the Dolphins (21) and Bears (27).
The two-time Pro Bowl receiver has already made an impact in Dallas. He leads all receivers in yards (725) with just nine games under his belt to top Cole Beasley (672) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (567).
Cooper has 53 receptions and six touchdowns to boot.
“It hasn’t surprised me, with the way that I’ve been able to transition to the offense and make some plays,” Cooper said. “It hasn’t really surprised me, because — like I said — I know what type of player I am.”
Talib, who has just one interception on the season, also recognizes the impact Cooper has made in his short time with the Cowboys.
“He’s got the total package,” Talib told reporters, via the Rams’ team website. “They’re getting the ball in his hands more. A lot more quick passes, a lot more catch-and-run type situations. They’re doing a good job getting the ball in his hands.”
The Cowboys-Rams matchup is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET and will air on FOX.