Category Archives: Amari Cooper

Derek Carr will be careful throwing in Marcus Peters’ direction

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters leads the NFL with four interceptions. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr knows that well. Carr said today that as he prepares to face Peters on Sunday, he’s doing it with the knowledge that Peters is as good as some receivers at going up, getting his hands on the ball and coming down…

Raiders take lead back as part of wild sequence vs. Chargers

A Melvin Gordon fumble opened the door, and now the Raiders lead the Chargers, 27-24, at the start of the fourth quarter. It was 10-9, Chargers at halftime, so it’s a bit of an understatement to say the third quarter was wild. Michael Crabtree made an acrobatic touchdown catch to give the Raiders the lead…

Chargers throwing, scoring at will in Oakland

The Chargers-Raiders game is starting to turn the shootout many thought it would be. After Melvin Gordon turned a short pass into a touchdown early in the third quarter, the Raiders needed just five plays to answer. Then the Chargers came right back, needing just three plays of their own before Hunter Henry caught a…

Turnovers the early story in Chargers-Raiders

The Chargers and Raiders are off to a frenetic start. There just aren’t many points to show for it. The Raiders hold a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter. The teams traded turnovers to start the game, then a Sean Smith interception late in the quarter set up the Raiders with great starting position…

Raiders hail Michael Crabtree as “great leader,” “game-changer”

The Raiders have a supremely talented young receiver in Amari Cooper. And while Michael Crabtree used to be the guy who got described that way, he’s now becoming known as something more important — clutch. The veteran wide receiver’s third touchdown reception yesterday was the game-winner against the Ravens, following his game-winning two-point conversion in…

Raiders rally, cash in two-point conversion for wild win

A late touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Seth Roberts set up a two-point conversion pass from Carr to Michael Crabtree as the Raiders rallied for a 35-34 win over the Saints Sunday. The Saints got the ball back with 40 seconds left and moved into Raiders territory, but Wil Lutz’s 61-yard field goal as…

Offenses sharp in Titans-Raiders game

Preseason results don’t mean much and are usually quickly forgotten. In Oakland Saturday night, it’s fair to say the offenses beat the defenses. The Titans got the ball first and scored immediately. A 60-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to rookie Tajae Sharpe set up a short touchdown run by DeMarco Murray. The Raiders came right…

Derek Carr, Amari Cooper rooming together to build chemistry

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper got along well in their first year together, so they decided to take the next step in their relationship this year. They threw the ball together at a park near where both live in the offseason and were part of a pre-camp passing camp that ended…

Raiders announce contract extension for G.M. Reggie McKenzie

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has collected some fine young talent with the likes of quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Khalil Mack. Now McKenzie has been rewarded for that. The Raiders have announced that McKenzie has signed a four-year contract extension and is now under contract through the 2021 draft. “Reggie’s…

Jack Del Rio: I don’t spend any time on hype

It’s been hard to miss the optimistic buzz that’s built around the Raiders this offseason as there’s been no shortage of people predicting a winning season in Oakland for the first time since 2002. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has heard that chatter, but says he isn’t letting it seep into his thinking. Del Rio…

Kelechi Osemele: Raiders are working to make teams fear playing us

The Raiders ranked 28th in total rushing yards last season, something they’d like to improve this season and something they made a step toward improving with a big free agent deal for guard Kelechi Osemele. Osemele sounds up for the challenge. While his initials are K.O., Osemele says the reason that’s his nickname is because…

Jack Del Rio: DJ Hayden can redefine himself this year

The needle has been pointing up for the Raiders this offseason after they added several free agents to a developing roster built around young players like Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr. Cornerback DJ Hayden joins Mack and Cooper as recent first-round picks in Oakland, but not on most lists of reasons to feel optimistic…

Raiders see Amari Cooper growing more comfortable in his role

Part of the reason the Raiders are feeling so confident this offseason is the large base of young talent they’ve assembled. And the fact that some of the brightest of those youngsters are still learning gives them that much more reason for hope. “I always joked around last year that three years ago, he was…

Reggie McKenzie feels more pressure for this year’s draft

The Raiders have added players like linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper in the last two drafts and they were major players in free agency this offseason, leaving the team with a roster that many think is capable of bringing them their first winning season since 2002. The team building…

Derek Carr: 7-9 isn’t going to cut it

The Raiders saw the impact of drafting players like linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper last season when they went from winning seven games over to seasons to a 7-9 record. It was a big step forward for the organization that left a foundation that the team has buttressed through…