Since his arrival in Dallas, Amari Cooper has made a name for himself. Wasting little time, he quickly became a strong fan favorite.
By putting up positive results on the field, Cooper has proven that he is a very valuable asset to the team and a pivotal piece regarding the future of the Dallas Cowboys.
In March, Cooper signed a five-year extension with Dallas. Now part of a triple-threat wide receiver group alongside Michael Gallup and rookie CeeDee Lamb, Cooper and the entire Cowboys offense has great potential to dominate and succeed.
What is expected of Cooper in 2020?
First and foremost, he must stay healthy. Although last season he did not miss any games, he did deal with injuries to his foot, knee, thigh, and ankle. Playing through nagging injuries was a serious risk for the Cowboys and their flashy wideout.
The Cowboys were able to dodge several bullets as Cooper never suffered any severe injuries. However, the team cannot take that risk again. Playing while injured can be very costly for both a club and its player. Therefore, Cooper has to stay healthy at all costs. If he’s hurt, there’s no sense in rushing him back because he’ll risk aggravation, meaning he could miss more time. In turn, such a situation would affect him and the entire team. The bottom line is that he must be 100 percent every game.
Second, Cooper needs to be productive. Now that he has earned his big payday, Cooper is expected to amass good numbers on the gridiron. In Cooper’s case, he has to give the Cowboys’ organization the results they’re looking for. In other words, Cooper has to play well and give the team their money’s worth. With that said, he’s not perfect, so it’s unlikely he’ll put up at least 100 receiving yards and score two touchdowns every week. However, he has to do enough to help the team win the NFC East and make a deep run in the playoffs.
Cooper is coming off the best season of his career. His 1,189 receiving yards and eight touchdowns are both career-highs.
But the Cowboys missed the playoffs last season. Now that they have a much-needed fresh start, Cooper is determined and motivated to build on his fantastic 2019 season as he improves and hones his skills.
Cooper will be 26 by the time the season starts. Judging by his remarkable season last year, it’s safe to say that the receiver has only just entered his prime.