Dez Bryant praises Cowboys’ acquisition of ‘phenomenal’ Amari Cooper
The Dallas Cowboys’ acquisition of Amari Cooper has proven to be such a savvy move that even ex-Cowboy Dez Bryant is praising the decision.
Setting aside his unceremonious exit out of Big D earlier this year, Bryant praised his former team for bringing in Cooper, calling it “probably the best thing they could’ve ever done.”
Cooper was acquired via trade on Oct. 22, with the Cowboys shipping their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders as compensation. It was a move that was widely questioned from the onset, with many wondering if the Cowboys gave up too much for the talented wideout. The argument certainly can be made that was not the case.
Despite the quality draft capital Oakland received, Bryant cannot believe the Raiders made the move.
“The dude is phenomenal,” Bryant said of Cooper Thursday on 105.3 The Fan, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t know what Oakland was doing.”
To say Cooper has been a revelation for the Cowboys would be an understatement. In seven games, Cooper has transformed the Cowboys’ previously scuttling offense by hauling in 44 receptions for 674 yards — a 96.3 yards/game average — and six touchdowns.
The Cowboys (8-6) are coming off a demoralizing 23-0 loss to the Colts, a game in which Cooper only had four receptions for 32 yards. That said, Dallas controls its own destiny as far as the postseason is concerned and currently occupies the top spot in the NFC East.
While Bryant’s assessment of Cooper is arguably spot-on, it’s nevertheless interesting he holds the organization that cut him loose last offseason in such high regard. Bryant made it clear he’ll always have a fondness for the Cowboys, attributing said sense of loyalty in part to his close relationship with owner Jerry Jones, a kinship that was on full display even after the team released him.
“I’m going to always love the Cowboys,” Bryant, out for the year due to an Achilles injury that occurred upon his signing with the Saints in November, said. “I’m going to always love Jerry Jones. I’m going to always love those players in that locker room.”