Raiders' Cooper is Having His Worst Season


Amari Cooper is Not Having a Good Season At All

If there's any one player in the NFL that hates how this season is going for them, it would definitely be Amari Cooper of the Oakland Raiders.

As far as the wide receiver is concerned, this simply hasn't been his year and really should just forget the reason of the year and start thinking about the 2018 NFL season. Cooper's had two terrific seasons to start his NFL career, both culminating in Pro Bowl selections but this year things just seem to go from bad to worse with him.

In week 12, Cooper suffered an ankle injury as well as a concussion while playing against the Broncos in Oakland. He was taken out of that game for some time before being allowed back in, only to end up re-injuring that same ankle performing a block on a running play. Head coach Jack Del Rio even said as much when he was asked about Cooper's injury by the media. He added that the team will simply evaluate him throughout the week until gameday arrives.

With this new injury in mind, there is a high chance that Cooper won't be able to play this Sunday when the Raiders host the Dallas Cowboys. This does absolutely nothing to help the Raiders at all, who are currently sitting with a 6-7 record and have a huge uphill battle on their hands if they want to try and win the AFC West division. The final two games against the Eagles and division rival Chargers aren't looking any better, either. Not helping is the fact that even when Cooper was healthy this season, his production was dropping off, not like that of past years. He hasn't been targeted nearly as much and has dropped several passes, resulting in fewer receiving yards and touchdowns.

The good news is that the Raiders are still in the playoff hunt, with three chances to secure a berth. However, Cooper is a major part of the team's offense and he is likely to be out for some time, meaning that the team's other wide receivers will have to step up if they expect to have any hope of winning out.