The Raiders can add one more player to their list of Pro Bowlers this season. Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper will be joining his quarterback Derek Carr in Hawaii on January 31. Cooper was an alternate and replaces Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the Pro Bowl roster.
Cooper was the Raiders' pick at 4th overall in April's draft out of Alabama. He started all 16 games this season and led NFL rookies by a wide margin in yards (1070) and catches (72) and tied all rookie receivers with six touchdowns. He became the first ever Raiders rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards and set franchise records for receptions and 100-yard games by a rookie with five.
His 1070 yards was 17th in the NFL among wide receivers. It was also the most receiving yards by a Raiders receiver since Jerry Rice's 1211 yards in the Raiders 2002 Super Bowl season.
Along with Carr and Cooper on the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders will feature Khalil Mack and Charles Woodson on defense. Marcel Reece was named to the Pro Bowl will not be allowed to participate due to his suspension for violation of the league/s PED policy.
The five Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders mark the most for the team since having five in 2002. Cooper is the third Raiders draft pick in the last two years to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Mack and Carr. He is the sixth Raiders rookie to make the Pro Bowl, joining Woodson (1998), Tim Brown (1988), Marcus Allen (1982), Ray Guy (1973) and Raymond Chester (1970) on that list.