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Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #89
Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #89
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Amari Cooper News

Prolific performance in loss

Cooper secured 13 of 16 targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' 31-29 loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The multi-time Pro Bowler shook off an extremely truncated preseason that was a byproduct of offseason ankle surgery to pace all pass catchers in receptions, targets and receiving yards. Cooper's elite route-running skills were on display throughout the night as he consistently got the best of the Buccaneers secondary, and his five- and 21-yard touchdown grabs both brought the Cowboys within less than a field goal of Tampa Bay. While Dallas ultimately fell just short, Cooper's performance and his clear return to full health are certainly encouraging for fantasy managers who invested some draft capital in him. The 27-year-old will aim to stay hot in a Week 2 road battle versus the Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Sep 9, 2021 9:26 PM EST

Limited snaps in preseason debut

Cooper (ankle) didn't see a target but got one carry, losing four yards, in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.

Analysis: The 27-year-old saw his first action of the preseason and played the first quarter along with the rest of the Cowboys' offensive starters, and the fact the team was willing to use Cooper on a jet sweep is a strong sign he's fully recovered from his offseason ankle surgery. He also saw one target on the team's third drive that got wiped out by a penalty. Cooper may have to share the spotlight a little more in 2021 with second-year receiver CeeDee Lamb, but Cooper remains more than capable of a big campaign -- depending, of course, on the health of Dak Prescott (shoulder).

Aug 22, 2021 4:37 AM EST

Set for limited action Saturday

Cooper will suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Texans but handle limited reps, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cooper is only expected to handle 10-12 snaps during his 2021 preseason debut, per Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. The Cowboys activated Cooper from the PUP list Aug. 10 and he resumed participating in padded practice during Monday's session. All signs are that his recovery from January ankle surgery continues to progress as planned.

Aug 20, 2021 9:27 AM EST

Plans to play in preseason game

Cooper (ankle) intends to run the full route tree in practice Wednesday in preparation for playing in Saturday's preseason contest versus the Texans, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Cooper indicated that he feels 100 percent healthy but will test everything out Wednesday before determining whether or not he will suit up Saturday. Per David Helman of the Cowboys' official site, Cooper would only play about 10 or so snaps in the contest, so it doesn't sound like he will be heavily involved even if he's given the green light.

Aug 17, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Back in pads

Cooper (ankle) is in pads during Monday's Cowboys Night practice, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Cooper opened training camp on the PUP list, the result of residual irritation from January ankle surgery. The Cowboys activated him last Tuesday, but Monday's session marked the first time he donned pads this summer. Per Jon Machota of The Athletic, Cooper proceeded to take part in individual drills, but it's very likely that he's easing into action to avoid any sort of setback.

Aug 16, 2021 4:29 PM EST

Not ready to resume practice

Cooper (ankle) indicated on 105.3 The Fan over the weekend he would be ready to begin practicing "within the next couple of weeks", The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: When asked if he would be on the field right away if it were up to him, the wide receiver responded, "No, I wouldn't be out there today. But, as far as the couple of weeks are concerned, it's, you know, just me talking and communicating with the trainers." That timetable gives Cooper a shot at playing in one or both of the Cowboys' final two preseason games, but it's just as likely the team keeps him out of exhibition action entirely with an eye on getting him ready for Week 1. As yet, there's no sign the ankle issue will cause him to miss any regular-season snaps.

Aug 11, 2021 6:24 AM EST

Removed from PUP list

Cooper (ankle) has been removed from the PUP list, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the move doesn't ensure that Cooper will immediately re-join practice, but in any case, the wideout is expected to be ready for the team's regular-season opener, Jon Machota of The Athletic notes. It remains to be seen if/when Cooper will suit up for any preseason action, but Gehlken relayed Tuesday that the pass-catcher is "considered to be in great shape" at this stage.

Aug 10, 2021 9:56 AM EST

Looking great in rehab work

Coach Mike McCarthy said Cooper "looks great" and has been doing good work with the training staff, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: McCarthy said he's been getting "extremely positive" reports from the strength and conditioning staff, perhaps hinting at Cooper making it back on the practice field soon. However, team president Jerry Jones said last week that he expected Cooper to resume practicing in mid-August, so we shouldn't expect anything too imminent. Cooper hasn't practiced in any capacity since having ankle surgery in early January, but Jones did mention that he thought the wideout could briefly appear in a game this preseason.

Aug 2, 2021 7:11 AM EST

Targeting mid-August return

Cowboys president Jerry Jones said Cooper (ankle) should return to practice in mid-August and make at least one brief appearance in the preseason, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Placed on the PUP list to start training camp, Cooper is expected to begin practicing at some point in August, with Jones specifically mentioning the week after an Aug. 13 preseason game against Arizona. The 27-year-old wideout had ankle surgery in January, and while a report in early June revealed that he was still dealing with irritation, Cooper apparently is doing better now that another month and a half has passed. The Cowboys otherwise have all their starters on offense healthy for training camp, including QB Dak Prescott, LT Tyron Smith, RG Zack Martin and RT La'El Collins -- a quartet that combined for 47 missed games last season.

Jul 26, 2021 7:00 AM EST

Lands on preseason PUP List

The Cowboys are placing Cooper (ankle) on the PUP list for the start of training camp, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Working his way back from January ankle surgery, Cooper missed the offseason program and now will be held out for the start of training camp. The Cowboys likely expect him to come off the PUP list and begin practicing at some point in August, perhaps even making an appearance in the team's third or fourth preseason game. Dallas beat reporters are sure to keep a close eye on Cooper's progress throughout training camp.

Jul 22, 2021 9:56 AM EST

Uncertain for training camp

Cooper (ankle) may not be ready for the beginning of training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cooper announced on his personal Instagram in January that he underwent surgery, and Rapoport confirmed that the receiver is still dealing with irritation in his ankle. Despite playing all 16 games last season, Cooper popped up on the injury report twice in the early portion of the season for hamstring and undisclosed injuries. It didn't slow Cooper down, as he recorded a career-high 92 catches to go along with 1,114 yards and five scores. Training camp will be important for Cooper to re-gain chemistry with his quarterback Dak Prescott, who is also working back from his own ankle injury. At this point, it's unclear when Cooper make an appearance during offseason work with his team.

Jun 9, 2021 5:26 PM EST

Undergoes surgery

Cooper (lower leg) announced via his Instagram account that he underwent surgery Thursday, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Analysis: Cooper missed some time late in training camp with an undisclosed injury, which was revealed to be a hamstring issue during Week 1 prep. Since then, he only appeared on the practice report Week 2 with a foot concern and didn't miss any games all season en route to a career-high 92 catches (on 130 targets) for 1,114 and five touchdowns. It's unclear if Cooper's recovery will extend into the offseason program, but even if it does he has plenty of time to get healthy for the 2021 campaign.

Jan 7, 2021 12:29 PM EST

Held to 41 yards vs. Giants

Cooper caught six of nine targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Although Cooper tied for the team lead in targets and finished second in receptions, he was mostly held to short gains as he finished averaging just 6.8 yards per catch. So ends another up-and-down season for Cooper, who disappeared in several games but still finished with 1,114 receiving yards, which is the second-best output of his NFL career. He certainly would've produced more efficiently with a health Dak Prescott under center, despite the multitude of other weapons on the Dallas offense, and he'll look to improve upon these numbers in the 2021-22 campaign.

Jan 3, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Bounces back in big way

Cooper caught four of six targets for 121 yards in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Cowboys' passing game re-discovered its early-season form, and as a result Cooper posted his best yardage total since Week 4 while tying Michael Gallup for the team lead on the afternoon. Cooper's now topped 1,000 yards for the third straight season and the fifth time in his career, and he's 117 yards shy of setting a new career high heading into Week 17's clash with the Giants, as both teams remain alive in the hunt for the NFC East title.

Dec 27, 2020 8:58 PM EST

Finishes with three scrimmage yards

Cooper caught two of three targets for 10 yards and carried twice for minus-seven yards during Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Cooper had found the end zone in three straight games but struggled in this one as he faced tight coverage from the respectable San Francisco secondary, which held him to a pair of five-yard receptions. The team tried to get him involved as a rusher, but a four-yard gain followed by an 11-yard loss actually subtracted from his scrimmage yards on the day. While this was a poor performance, it was actually Cooper's second-worst of the season after his one-catch effort against the Eagles in Week 8. He will try to get back on track against the aforementioned division foe next Sunday.

Dec 20, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Scores touchdown in low-volume day

Cooper recorded four receptions on five targets for 51 yards and one touchdown in Week 14 against Cincinnati.

Analysis: Cooper saw his fewest targets since Week 8, limited by the Cowboys ability to build up a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter. Even so, Cooper managed to find the end zone in his third consecutive contest, scoring from 11 yards away just prior to halftime. Even with the team's minimal need for explosive offensive plays, he did tack on additional receptions of 20 and 13 yards. Cooper has remained a remarkably consistent producer this season, even with revolving quarterbacks delivering him targets. He'll draw a Week 15 matchup against the 49ers.

Dec 13, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Scores late TD in loss

Cooper brought in five of nine targets for 43 yards and a touchdown and added a 10-yard rush on one attempt in the Cowboys' 34-17 loss to the Ravens on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Cooper was on his way to a forgettable fantasy night before making an acrobatic two-yard catch in the back of the end zone on fourth down for Dallas' final score of the night. The sixth-year pro has enjoyed a strong connection with Andy Dalton and been coming on with a 17-260-1 line over the prior three contests to Tuesday's game. His numbers against Baltimore therefore represented a slight downturn from his per-game averages during that span, but Cooper should once again be the subject of plenty of attention from Andy Dalton in the latter's return to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in Week 14.

Dec 8, 2020 8:29 PM EST

Only bright spot in huge loss

Cooper caught six of eight targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: He accounted for the Cowboys' only TD of the afternoon, hauling in a strike down the sideline from Andy Dalton early in the second quarter and turning it into a 54-yard score. Dallas was outscored 34-6 after that. Cooper tied Michael Gallup for the team lead in catches and targets but dominated in yardage en route to his third 100-yard performance of the season, but he faces a tough test in Week 13 on the road against the Ravens.

Nov 26, 2020 5:39 PM EST

Leads team in receiving Sunday

Cooper caught six of seven targets for 81 yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Andy Dalton did an excellent job spreading the ball around, as nine different Cowboys hauled in at least one catch, but it was Cooper who led the team in receptions, targets and yards. Despite the turmoil in the offense since Dak Prescott (ankle) got hurt, Cooper's still on pace for career highs in catches and targets, as well as the fourth 1,000-yard campaign of his career. He'll look to keep rolling in a Thanksgiving clash with Washington.

Nov 22, 2020 6:27 PM EST

Solid showing in Sunday's loss

Cooper caught five of six targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers. He also gained eight yards on his lone carry.

Analysis: After an abysmal performance last week with Ben DiNucci under center, Cooper and the entire Dallas offense showed a little more life in this one with Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, although the end result was still the same. Cooper has recorded at least 75 scrimmage yards in seven of nine games this year, and he should remain one of the top options in the passing game coming out of the team's Week 10 bye, regardless of whether Gilbert or Andy Dalton (concussion) is at the helm.

Nov 8, 2020 9:04 PM EST

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