Las Vegas Raiders: 50 greatest players in franchise history
By John Buhler
Young wide receiver Amari Cooper did enough to crack the top-50 in terms of all-time great players in Raiders history.
The Raiders took the Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver No. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper was productive for the Raiders right away, as he had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns in 2015.
He would earn Pro Bowl honors in his first year in the league. Cooper would back up that rookie season of his with a stellar sophomore campaign in 2016. He would have 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns. Cooper would make his second trip to the Pro Bowl.
Then, the Raiders’ passing attack collapsed during the one-year stint of the Todd Downing offense. Quarterback Derek Carr played through pain and never looked comfortable. Cooper would succumb to a nagging ankle injury, as well as a bad case of the drops that seemed to last the entire season. The Raiders went a miserable 6-10, and former head coach Jack Del Rio and his entire staff was fired.
Cooper was ultimately traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but he among the greats for the Silver and Black.