The Dallas Cowboys were able to turn their season around last year. This was after acquiring wide receiver Amari Cooper. Amari came from the Oakland Raiders at the trade deadline. At first, the trade was ridiculed. For the reason that people felt the Cowboys gave up too much for Cooper. Cooper had struggled in his first six games under new head coach Jon Gruden.
However, Cooper quickly silenced his critics with his strong play as a member of the Cowboys and helped his new team clinch the NFC East title.
Going into his first full season with the Cowboys, Cooper reflected on his time in Oakland and told reporters he did not feel like he was a good fit in Gruden’s system.
“Yeah. Whatever the circumstances may be, there are certain reasons why one place might not work for a guy and another place will.” Amari Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I think the change of scenery was really necessary. I really, honestly, don’t think if I would’ve stayed with the Raiders last season that I would’ve been able to flourish and reach some heights that I was able to reach as a Cowboy. It was definitely necessary.” Many Cowboy fans would agree.
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In nine regular season games with the Cowboys, Cooper had 725 yards and six touchdowns. During his six games with the Raiders, he had 280 yards and one touchdown. Amari Cooper blamed the discrepancy in his numbers on the way he way being used in Oakland.
“I don’t think it was a good fit for me,” he said. “I don’t think I was really able to showcase my skills there for whatever reasons, I’ll call it extenuating circumstances. But for whatever reason, I wasn’t able to reach my heights and I kind of knew that I needed to be gone in order to do some of the things that I wanted to do as an NFL player.”