The Oakland Raiders and their fans could do with a little bit of positivity after years and years of failure.
And it seems like the Raiders finally have some on-field talent to be excited about, with Khalil Mack and Derek Carr both having exceptional seasons last year as rookies after being drafted in the first and second round, respectively.
Well it looks like there is at least one Raiders rookie from this years draft who is ready to follow in their footsteps in 2015. Oakland passed up on stud defensive lineman Leonard Williams to get Amari Cooper with the 4th overall pick, and so far the risk is looking to be a very good one.
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In fact, the aforementioned Raiders quarterback Carr says rookie wide receiver Cooper is even better than advertised, impressive for a Heisman candidate who was the top skill position player in the draft.
Carr was speaking on 95.7 The Game, when he said that former Alabama star Cooper has looked even better than expected after two months of offseason work together, forming that QB-WR partnership.
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“He is ridiculous in and out of his breaks,” said Carr. “His style of play is perfect for this league. He’s good at getting on toes and creating separation."
"He’s good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It’s just little things that honestly people don’t even notice.”
Dedication and Work Ethic
Although Carr and Cooper have only been teammates since the end of April, they’ve already spent a lot of time working together and seemingly have developed a rapport through the two's love of practice.
“His work ethic is second to none,” Carr said. “I was throwing with him as soon as mini-camp was over so we can get more reps in, and our plan was to throw a couple more times, but he texted me that night. He said, ‘hey, let’s throw at least three more times. I need to get this one route right.’ Just him telling me that kind of stuff, it blew my mind.”
This has all got to be exciting for the Raiders. Carr was their only star on offense last year thanks to a poor run game and receiving corps, but things could all be about to turn around with the arrival of the Biletnikoff Award winner Cooper.
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