The Oakland Raiders are coming off a disappointing season. One year after reaching the playoffs, they would fall quickly to 6-10. But that’s not all. Both quarterback Derek Carr and wideout Amari Cooper would take tremendous steps backwards. But Carr knows why Cooper had such a rough year: injuries.
“He would never say it to you – no one would ever say it to you – but I’ll say it to you to have his back. That man was out there playing as hard as he could and giving everything he could and, honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn’t have played with what he had.”
Carr doesn’t go into specifics, of course. But at the same time, he has no reason to make this up. During the season? Sure, we could see that. But now, this far after the season’s conclusion? Not so much. There’s nothing to gain there. But there’s no doubting that Cooper took a step back during the 2017 season.
After racking up 155 catches for 2,223 yards and 11 touchdowns, the wideout would finish with just 48 receptions for 680 yards. However, seven touchdowns is nothing to scoff at. In fact, it’s a career-high for Cooper. But that’s the only sort of praise he gets. After all, his catch rate would fall to a career-low 50 percent.
So there’s a good chance that Cooper was, in fact, injured. But it’s time to put all that behind him. A new season is approaching.