Who Is To Blame For Amari Cooper’s Lackluster Play In 2021?

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Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.
(Picture by Ronald Martinez/Getty Photos)

 

The headlines appear to point that the Dallas Cowboys plan to half methods with huge receiver Amari Cooper.

Given Cooper’s expertise and chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott, that is considerably stunning.

Maybe the most important motivation to do this can be a monetary one, however the reality is that Cooper is coming off his least productive yr as a Cowboy in 2021.

Why is that the case?

There appears to be one predominant purpose for it, and it might be referred to as a humiliation of riches.

Meaning the Cowboys had so many offensive weapons in 2021 that Cooper’s dominance waned.

Take into account the Cowboys offensive stars, and it’s simple to see what occurred.

A wholesome Prescott unfold the ball out to the next gamers.

 

1. CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb had extra targets thrown his approach.

He has emerged as a younger expertise for the Cowboys.

His numbers weren’t drastically increased, however he was persistently good in his second NFL season and might be able to make the leap to WR1.

 

2. Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard is popping out to be an all-purpose again.

He’s able to being a superb runner and receiver.

Pollard had 11 extra receptions and practically 150 extra receiving yards than in 2020.

He is a big asset for the Cowboys and Prescott.

 

3. Dalton Schultz

Dalton Schultz had 4 extra touchdowns in 2021.

The tight finish that the Cowboys selected to use the franchise tag to for 2022 additionally had nearly 200 extra yards receiving.

The Cowboys have been searching for stable and constant tight finish play ever since Jason Whitten left, they usually might have lastly discovered it with Schultz.

 

Exterior Components: Playcalling And Accidents

Kellen Moore’s playcalling additionally inspired Prescott to make use of a wide range of receivers and offensive gamers within the recreation whereas it was once extra in regards to the Prescott and Cooper connection.

Cooper additionally handled accidents however continued to play by means of them.

He had cracked ribs early within the season and likewise had a hamstring damage.

 

It’s Not Over But

Regardless of all of this, it nonetheless appears odd that the Cowboys wish to half methods with Cooper.

2022 is the group’s yr to make it or break it.

If there may be one other disappointing season, this group might be dismantled starting with the teaching workers and persevering with with the roster.

The Cowboys have gotten themselves in hassle by overpaying gamers who then underperform.

Cooper is performing, and he has said that he desires to remain in Dallas.

He didn’t mince phrases when he mentioned:

“I really like being a Dallas Cowboy.  I really like the whole lot about it. I give it some thought nearly each day. Simply the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy you’ll be able to’t beat it. I wish to be a Dallas Cowboy for all times.”

Lamb has publicly mentioned he desires Cooper to remain.

He calls Cooper a mentor who has helped him elevate his recreation.

The 2022 offseason has been unpredictable so nobody actually is aware of what the Cowboys are pondering or planning on doing, however we are going to discover out quickly sufficient.



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