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Struggling Raiders trade Amari Cooper to Cowboys for first-round pick

Struggling Raiders trade Amari Cooper to Cowboys for first-round pick

Amidst trade rumors and a concussion in Week 6, Raiders' wide receiver Amari Cooper has returned to practice on Monday, according to Paul Gutierrez. But Cooper was a Pro Bowler in each of his first two seasons with the Raiders, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards both years.

To look at this another way, Cooper has totaled 960 yards and eight touchdowns over his last 20 games, spanning this season and last. What makes that number even more alarming was the fact he had over 100 yards in only two games and much of his statistical output was due to an 11/210/2 game he had against the Chiefs in early October previous year.

The Eagles had been mention as possibly having interest in the talented wide receiver, but now their focus will shift to game planning to stop Cooper, whom the Eagles will face twice in the next five weeks.

Cole Beasley leads the Cowboys with 33 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns. In 2017, Cooper notched 48 catches and 680 yards with seven touchdowns before watching his production slip further to start 2018, with 22 receptions and 280 yards, accompanied by a single score. A two-time Pro Bowler, Cooper became just the third player in National Football League history to record 1,000 receiving yards and 70 receptions in each of his first two seasons (2015-16). He is expected to be able to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week to face the Tennessee Titans on November 5.

Consistently one of the most frustrating players to own over the past three seasons, Cooper gets what amounts to be a much needed fresh start.

This will be the third time since 2000 the Cowboys have traded a top pick for a veteran receiver.


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