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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper in elite company with an NFL Hall of Famer

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

In two seasons, Amari Cooper has transformed the Oakland Raiders from a bottom feeder to a star attraction within the National Football League. After being selected fourth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, the former Alabama wide receiver has done nothing but build a strong connection with quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of his silver and black entourage. While having his team tied for first in the AFC West (10-3) is an accomplishment in itself, Cooper has managed to add more flavor to his growing resume as a standout target.

The 2014 Fred Biletnikoff Award receipient becomes the first Raiders wide out to record 1,000 yards receiving in back-to-back seasons since former player and NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Rice, who played for Oakland from 2001-04, would account for two 1,000-yard seasons in 2001 (1,139) and 2002 (1,211). The Raiders made the playoff in both seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2002.

Through 13 games, Cooper is credited with 1,010 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 73 catches.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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