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Amari Cooper showing NFL he’s still among the league’s best receivers

Amari Cooper (#2) catches a touchdown pass for Cleveland Browns versus Steelers on Thursday Night Football
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Amari Cooper is still among the elite in the National Football League at wide receiver.

He got traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick and a swap of sixth-round picks, but Cooper has found a rhythm in returning to the AFC. As a South Florida native, he started his career in the AFC as he got selected at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas Raiders). Cooper played 52 games for the Raiders from 2015 to 2018 — totaling two 1,000-yard seasons, 19 touchdown receptions, and two Pro Bowl appearances. He made two Pro Bowls for the Cowboys (2018, 2019) and had two 1,000+ yard receiving campaigns in 56 games. Cooper dealt with a few injuries in his career, but he is now healthy. He’s turned in back-to-back 100-yard outings for the Browns, who are 2-1 this season.

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Cooper posted a game-high 101 yards receiving on Thursday Night Football with a touchdown on seven catches against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a veteran, he showed off his excellent routes, speed, hands, and savviness — averaging 14.4 yards per reception against a good secondary. Jacoby Brissett targeted Cooper 11 times in Cleveland’s 29-17 victory at home.

He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award, earned Unanimous All-American honors, made first-team All-SEC, and won a BCS National Championship in three years (2012-14) at the University of Alabama.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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