The Cowboys received a boost to their offense last month through a trade with the Raiders for Amari Cooper, and Dallas is confident the wide receiver will make an immediate impact.
Quarterback Dak Prescott said practices have become more intense with the addition of Cooper, calling them “chippy.”
“It’s just positive energy,” Prescott said Friday of Cooper (via USA Today). “Practices getting chippy, and chippy for the right reasons.”
Prescott went on to compliment Cooper’s “quick twitch” and speed, saying the 24-year-old receiver will bring a lot to the Cowboys’ offense.
“The quick twitch,” Prescott said. “The quick twitch and then that transition to the explosiveness he has. He’s a guy on the line, his releases, you just kind of shake your head like, ‘Dang.’
“He’s a quick-twitch guy who has a lot to offer.”
The Cowboys intend to use Cooper immediately as offensive coordinator Scott Linehan indicated they would start him Monday against the Titans.
“He’s going to be starting at wide receiver and playing a significant amount of snaps,” Linehan said of Cooper’s role against the Titans, per SportsDay. “How many those are we’ll determine that a little bit more the day before the game. We’re not really easing him into the situation. He’s got a pretty big workload, and we’ll just keep an eye on him and see where he is and how much he plays in some situations. Right now there is no limit with what we do with him.”
Cooper, originally selected by the Raiders out of Alabama with the fourth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has caught 22 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. He’s coming off a disappointing 2017 though, as he had just 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.
The Cowboys (3-4) will host the Titans (3-4) on Monday with kickoff slated for 8:15 p.m. ET.