|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 12|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 211 lb.|
|Born:||June 17, 1994|
|Drafted:||2015 / Rd. 1 (4)|
Cooper is likely to line up in the slot more frequently after the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick in the 2020 draft, NFL analyst Andy Benoit suggests.
Analysis: The addition of Lamb to a receiving corps that already featured standout talents in Cooper and Michael Gallup gives offensive coordinator Kellen Moore a lot of formation flexibility, as both Cooper and Lamb have experience working inside and outside. During his NFL career, however, Cooper has been much more effective in the slot. Per Scott Barrett of Fantasy Points, the former Raider has averaged 2.37 yards per route run from the slot -- the fifth-best mark in the league since he was drafted in 2015 -- compared to a 1.80 YPRR as an outside receiver. With Dallas having lost slot receiver Randall Cobb and tight end Jason Witten (166 combined targets) in the offseason, there should be plenty of looks available for everyone, but even if Cooper's target volume somehow decreases as part of a deeper group of receivers, improved efficiency would keep his overall production afloat. In the best case scenario, of course, the Cowboys' No. 1 wideout would both see more passes thrown his way, and be able to do more damage with them.
Cooper is nearing agreement on a five-year, $100 million contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old seemed poised to officially test the open market, but it appears Dallas was able to secure its top wide receiver after the tampering window opened Monday afternoon. Cooper set career highs in yardage (1,189), touchdowns (eight) and YPC (15.1) during 2019 while catching 79 of 119 targets. Quarterback Dak Prescott received the franchise tag earlier in the day, as the Cowboys are set to enter 2020 having secured their top-two impending free agents.
With Dak Prescott receiving the Cowboys' franchise tag, Cooper will be able to test the free-agent market, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Cowboys will make an honest effort to re-sign their star wide receiver, but there's no question other teams will be interested. Cooper arguably profiles as the top prize on the market, at least in the non-quarterback category. The Cowboys had been hoping for the option to use both a franchise tag and a transition tag this offseason, but the recent completion of a new CBA eliminates that possibility.
Cooper said he wants to spend the rest of his career in Dallas, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Cooper can become an unrestricted free agent in a couple weeks but has now made multiple comments about his preference to stay in Dallas. He also mentioned that he's back to full health, after dealing with foot, knee, ankle and thigh injuries at various points throughout 2019. With details of a new collective bargaining agreement still being hashed out, the Cowboys may have the option to use both the franchise and transition tags this offseason, thereby reducing the risk of losing Cooper in free agency. Dak Prescott is expected to get the franchise tag if he doesn't sign a long-term contract before the March 12 tag deadline. Cooper presumably would then get the transition tag, which doesn't involve any draft compensation but does give Dallas the option to match any offer sheet. Both tags allow for long-term contract negotiations through mid-July.
Cooper said he wants to stay in Dallas for a long time, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old wideout may prefer to re-sign with the Cowboys, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll accept a hometown discount. And while the franchise tag would normally give the team a backup plan for retaining a player of Cooper's caliber, the Cowboys will need to use the tag on Dak Prescott if they can't sign the quarterback to a long-term deal before the start of free agency. As such, there's still some chance Cooper ends up with a new team in 2020, though it isn't the most likely scenario.
Cooper finished 2019 with 79 catches on 119 targets for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns.
Analysis: The yards and TDs were both career highs, as was his 10.0 yards per target. Cooper battled nagging injuries for most of the season despite playing in all 16 games, leaving the impression that he's capable of even more production than he showed in his first full campaign with the Cowboys. The 25-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- one of two significant names in the Dallas offense currently without a deal, along with Dak Prescott -- and whether Cooper returns to the team will depend on whether they can find cap room for him after getting the QB situation settled, as well as whether a potential new head coach and offensive coordinator see him as worth bringing back for big money.
Cooper caught four of 12 targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Dak Prescott had little success trying to stretch the field, and as a result Cooper came away with his second straight poor performance. It's the first time this season he's failed to turn double-digit targets into at least eight catches or 85 yards, but the volume does offer hope for a rebound in Week 17's must-win game against Washington.
Cooper caught one of two targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.
Analysis: His day mirrored that of the Cowboys' entire wide-receiver group, as the team leaned heavily on a dominant running game to generate offense -- Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb combined to produce three catches for only 22 yards, and Tavon Austin surprisingly led the team's WRs thanks to one 59-yard TD catch. Cooper will look to rebound next Sunday with the NFC East title on the line in Philadelphia, facing an Eagles defense he posted a 5-106-0 line against in Week 7.
Cooper secured six of eight targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 31-24 loss to the Bears on Thursday.
Analysis: Cooper co-led the Cowboys in receptions while checking in second to Michael Gallup in receiving yardage and targets. The 25-year-old was on the receiving end of Dak Prescott's only passing touchdown of the night as well, securing a 19-yard scoring toss with 4:29 remaining that brought Dallas to within 31-21. The trip to the end zone snapped a three-game touchdown-less streak for Cooper, his longest such stretch of the campaign. He'll look to get back over the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 10 when he sees the Rams' stingy secondary in a Week 15 matchup, a week from Sunday.
Cooper (knee) practiced without limitations Monday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Jason Garrett expressed optimism that Cooper would be ready for Thursday's matchup against the Bears, and Monday's practice report confirms that notion. Cooper appeared back to normal in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Bills before injuring his knee in the fourth quarter, but additional tests found no structural damage. The fifth-year wide receiver will look to continue his trajectory after an eight-catch, 85-yard performance against the Bills in Thursday's tilt versus the Bears' ninth-ranked pass defense (222.2 passing yards allowed per game).
Coach Jason Garrett said Friday that he's confident Cooper (knee) will be ready to play in the Cowboys' next game Dec. 5 versus the Bears, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Though the Bears and Cowboys both played on Thanksgiving Day, the two teams will have a normal turnaround between games as they face one another on Thursday Night Football in Week 14. After being held without a catch in Week 12 in New England, Cooper bounced back nicely in a tough matchup versus the Bills on Thursday, hauling in eight of 11 targets for 85 yards in the 26-15 loss. Unfortunately, the oft-banged-up receiver came out of the contest with a left knee injury in tow. Though an MRI and X-ray cleared him of any structural damage, Cooper's practice reps may still be limited next week and at least temporarily cloud his status for the matchup with Chicago.
Cooper did not suffer any structural damage to his left knee, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cooper injured his knee during the fourth quarter of Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills but was able to return to the game. An MRI and an X-ray didn't reveal any structural damage, so he should have good odds to play Week 14 in Chicago, though another Thursday game (Dec. 5) means he won't have any extra time to rest. The Cowboys will release their initial Week 14 practice report Monday afternoon.
Cooper caught eight of 11 targets for 85 yards in Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: One game after being held catchless for the first time as a Cowboy, Cooper was targeted early and often by Dak Prescott and wound up leading the team in catches, targets and yards. He also seemed to avoid an injury scare in the fourth quarter after taking a big hit to his left knee, and while Cooper was forced to miss a couple plays he was able to rejoin the offense as it tried to mount a late comeback. Cooper will go for an X-ray on the knee Friday, per Jane Slater of NFL Network, to confirm no lasting damage was done.
Cooper failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Between a constant rainfall and tight coverage by Stephon Gilmore, Cooper wasn't able to make any kind of impact and ended up with zero catches for the first time in 22 games as a Cowboy, including the postseason. Assuming his poor performance wasn't also partially the result of the lingering knee injury he's been dealing with, Cooper should be able to rebound at least somewhat in next week's home tilt against the Bills.
Cooper relayed after Thursday's practice that he's moved past the knee injury that limited him during the Cowboys' Week 11 win over the Lions, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. "I'm good. Everything is good. I'm a lot better," Cooper said.
Analysis: Cooper's positive outlook regarding his health was seemingly supported by his full participation in both of the Cowboys' first two practices of Week 12. After handling his second-lowest snap share (55 percent) of the season last week, expect Cooper to be back over the 85 percent mark during Sunday's game versus New England.
Cooper (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Cooper battled through a knee injury Week 11 against the Lions, during which he was limited to only 55 percent of snaps on offense, but he now appears to have fully recovered. Barring any setbacks, the 25-year-old should be considered on track to handle his usual workload against the Patriots on Sunday. New England's defense will be a challenging matchup for Cooper, even at full health.
Cooper is "still fighting through" his knee injury and played only 55 percent of offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Lions, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Besides the Week 6 game against the Jets in which he played only three snaps, Sunday's snap percentage was Cooper's lowest of the season. The 25-year-old didn't have an injury designation for the game but was clearly impacted by it early in the contest, leading to the rotational workload. Cooper's status should receive additional updates once the Cowboys return to practice Wednesday, but Sunday's game against the Patriots would be a tough matchup even if fully healthy.
Cooper (knee/ankle) caught three of eight targets for 38 yards during Sunday's 35-27 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Although Cooper entered the game without an injury designation, he came up grimacing after an early reception and appeared to be limited throughout the rest of the game. He still made some nice plays opposite star cornerback Darius Slay, but he mainly served as a decoy while Randall Cobb and Michael Gallup combined for 263 receiving yards. Cooper has managed to fight tough various injuries all season, and although he continues to find his way into the lineup, his production stands to suffer if he can't move past his health concerns. Next Sunday's matchup against a tough Patriots defense will be challenging regardless of Cooper's health, but injury limitations could certainly reduce his upside even more.
Cooper (knee/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Detroit, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: A thigh bruise in Week 6 forced Cooper out of a loss to the Jets after just three snaps, but he's otherwise been able to play at a high level while battling a variety of physical ailments. His presence at practice Thursday and Friday suggests he'll be fine for his usual workload come Sunday, potentially drawing a shadow matchup with Lions cornerback Darius Slay.
Cooper (knee/ankle) said he will play in Sunday's game at Detroit, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cooper has battled through a few different injuries this season, only once missing a significant portion of a game. A limited practice session Thursday put him on track for Sunday's matchup with the Lions, regardless of how he's listed on the final injury report Friday afternoon.
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