Cooper caught one of five targets for six yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins.
On a night his quarterback struggled, Cooper did little to help with his frustrating case of the drops. More concerning is his relatively-low usage, as Cooper saw just five targets for a second week in a row. Considering he saw at least six targets in 12 of 16 games last season, this trend shouldn't continue, especially if Michael Crabtree (chest) is forced to miss any time. However, he might have trouble getting back on track next week against a tough Broncos secondary.
Through two games, Cooper has hauled in nine of his 18 targets for 95 yards and a TD. Cooper, who is entrenched as a starter for the Raiders opposite fellow wideout Michael Crabtree, will take aim Sunday night at a Washington secondary led by Josh Norman.
Coper (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Cooper also started last week limited before upgrading to full participation Thursday and Friday. He's been thoroughly outplayed by Michael Crabtree through two weeks, but recent history suggests the gap between Oakland's star wideouts will soon narrow. The Raiders travel to Washington in Week 3 to face the Redskins on Sunday Night Football.
Cooper caught four of five targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 45-20 win over the Jets.
Cooper fell one target shy of team co-leaders Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree, the latter of whom turned his opportunities into six catches for 80 yards and three scores. Derek Carr's reliance on Crabtree near the end zone marked a departure from Week 1 and a return to the pattern from past seasons, after Cooper led the NFL with four targets from inside the 10-yard line the previous week. While Crabtree is off to the better start production-wise, it's encouraging that Cooper already has 18 targets even though Derek Carr has only had to attempt 60 passes in two games. The 30-percent target share isn't sustainable in an offense with impressive complementary weapons, but even something in the range of 25 percent would be a major uptick from last year's mark of 22.1. Cooper draws a potentially tricky Week 3 matchup against a Washington defense with good cornerbacks but plenty of weaknesses elsewhere.
Cooper (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Cooper was also limited last Wednesday but returned to full participation Thursday and Friday. He only produced 62 yards on 13 targets (4.8 average) Week 1 against Tennessee, but his five receptions included an impressive eight-yard touchdown where he dragged multiple defenders into the end zone. With no report of a setback, Cooper should be available for Sunday's matchup with an inexperienced Jets secondary.
|4||10/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/10/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
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