Free-agent acquisition Cordarrelle Patterson doesn't figure to threaten Cooper (undisclosed) for targets, The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Locked in as Oakland's top playmaker, Cooper could benefit from playing alongside a receiver with the speed to stretch defenses downfield. Michael Crabtree and slot man Seth Roberts were excellent running partners the past two seasons, but neither has the deep speed to scare opposing safeties. Even if he's only a part-time player on offense -- which seems likely -- Patterson could open things up a bit for Cooper, Crabtree and Roberts on short and intermediate routes. Cooper skipped the Pro Bowl with an undisclosed injury, but there's been nothing to suggest he's still hampered as he prepares for what should be a big third season in the NFL.
Cooper (unspecified injury) will skip the upcoming NFL Pro Bowl, CSN Bay Area reports.
While the exact nature of the ailment that will keep him out of the contest has not been confirmed, the wideout dealt with a shoulder injury late in the 2016 season, so it's quite possible that Cooper is bowing out to tend to that issue.
The Raiders struggled to get Cooper involved with third-stringer Connor Cook under center, but some of the blame for Cooper's lack of production is due to his own problem dropping passes. This comes with little surprise, though, as Cooper's 22 dropped passes are the most for any receiver over the last two seasons. Playoff miscues aside, the 2016 campaign has to be considered a success for the second-year receiver who topped 1,000 yards and led his team in receiving for the second season in a row despite trailing teammate Michael Crabtree in targets once again. Just 23 years old in June, Cooper projects as a top-shelf fantasy option entering 2017.
Cooper (shoulder) is listed as active Saturday at Houston.
Cooper has brushed off a shoulder concern since Week 15, a span in which he's produced below expectations. That extenuating circumstance aside, he's also taking the field with an inexperienced hand under center. After Derek Carr (fibula) was lost for the season in Week 16, his replacement (Matt McGloin) suffered a shoulder injury in the regular season finale, placing rookie Connor Cook in the crosshairs of the Texans' pass rush. How Cook handles the pressure will likely determine Cooper's own contribution, which amounted to four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown during these teams' first matchup of the season in Week 11.
Cooper (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans.
Cooper's shoulder ailment limited his practice involvement this week, but like his fellow wideout Michael Crabtree (ankle), it'd be a surprise if Cooper isn't active Saturday, when rookie quarterback Connor Cook could lean on the duo in his first-career start.
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