Despite only playing with Dak Prescott (ankle) for five games last season, Amari Cooper still had a standout campaign in 2020. He should continue to play at a high level this year, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 3 in all leagues as a borderline No. 1 Fantasy receiver. Cooper's 92 receptions in 2020 were a career high, and his 14.5 PPR points per game tied the second-best mark of his career. In his past three seasons with Dallas, Cooper has at least 75 catches, 1,005 yards and five touchdowns. With Prescott healthy in 2020, Cooper scored at least 16 PPR points in four of his first five games. Hopefully, that's the kind of production we get from Cooper this year with Prescott back under center.
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 ESPN.com reports. 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 still was 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.
The Cowboys are placing Cooper (ankle) on the PUP list for the start of training camp, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. 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.
Cooper (ankle) may not be ready for the beginning of training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. After undergoing surgery on his ankle in January, Cooper is apparently still dealing wth some residual irritation, according to Rapoport. The Cowboys don't seem overly concerned about Cooper's health at this juncture, as the wideout should be fully cleared by the time the regular season gets underway Sept. 9. Cooper recorded a career-high 92 catches to go along with 1,114 yards and five scores while playing in all 16 games in 2020.
Cooper (lower leg) announced via his Instagram account that he underwent surgery Thursday, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. 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 yards 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.
Cooper caught six of nine targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants. 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 healthy 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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|2||09/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|5||10/10||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|6||10/17||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|11||11/21||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|12||11/25||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|13||12/02||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|14||12/12||@Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|15||12/19||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
|16||12/26||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||119||82||1103||7||54||13.45||151|