Jason Garrett envisions ‘bright future’ for Amari Cooper with Cowboys
Jason Garrett on Tuesday weighed in for the first time on Monday’s blockbuster deal that netted Amari Cooper. The Dallas Cowboys head coach not surprisingly sees big things on the horizon for the former Oakland Raiders star wide receiver.
Cooper was acquired for a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, a high price to pay to be sure. That said, Garrett sees in Cooper the kind of dynamic talent that ought to energize the Cowboys’ offense, which has been underwhelming if not downright anemic at points so far this season.
While the Cowboys were forced to give up a substantial asset in exchange for Cooper, Garrett insisted the team did its due diligence before committing to the deal.
“Obviously it’s a big decision,” Garrett said during Tuesday’s appearance on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “We talked about it a lot, at all levels of our organization. I do believe we’ve done a good job selecting guys in the first round and they are cornerstone players on our team. We really believe that Amari can be that kind of a guy. He’s 24 years old. We think he has a bright future.
“… We feel like he has it in front of him and he can really benefit our team going forward because of the ability he has and the kind of person he is,” Garrett added.
Cooper has only 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown on the season. Garrett pointed out that Cooper’s lack of production — as is the case with all offensive players — can be a symptom of their environment. It goes without saying the Raiders are an utter mess under Jon Gruden.
Cooper is expected to practice with the Cowboys for the first time on Wednesday. Garrett noted bringing in Cooper during the Cowboys’ bye week will allow the wideout to get better acclimated.
“It’s going to require overtime by him, by the coaches, to get him going,” Garrett said. “But we do benefit from having the bye and having a few extra days.”