Which Raiders offensive player has the most prove? This question was posed on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football and it’s actually a pretty interesting question to ponder. Here’s what they had to say about it.
Spoiler alert: they went with Derek Carr and Jon Gruden. Though it’s true there is a lot of pressure to prove themselves on both of them, especially Carr, there is something a little too easy about picking the faces of the franchise like that. So, I’m going in a different direction. There’s another key to the Raiders offense who has a ton to prove as well — Amari Cooper.
Cooper had a great start to his NFL career putting up over 1,000 yards receiving in both of his first seasons. Making his 680 yards with 7 touchdowns in 2017 all the more disappointing. His lack of production could be a one-year anomaly. Either way, he enters the 4th year of his 5-year rookie deal and it’s time for him to step up.
The pressure is on for Cooper, especially with the receiving corps being revamped with talent creating more room for him to work with on the field. He is going to be moved all over the field now and especially will be given the chance to line up in the slot more where he is a perfect fit. This is his chance to jump into super stardom with a great year.
A bonus to stepping up now is his pocket book could be greatly affected. He will be up for an extension next offseason which makes this year extremely important. Another disappointing season would likely have the Raiders waiting to see how his 5th year goes before offering him a new contract.
Now is the time for Coop to show the world he can be one of the best players in the league.
Who do you think has the most to prove for the 2018 Raiders?
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