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Amari Cooper not worried about slow start for Raiders


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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper was poised to have a breakout year after finishing with over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons in the league, but he's been one of the most disappointing players this season. His lack of production is shocking but the former Alabama star is not panicking.
 
Cooper has just 13 receptions in five games but he said he won't change his approach.
 
"That's how I look at it," he told ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "Just keep being me, just keep doing me, stay true to who I am and the ball will find me."
 
Cooper was targeted just twice in last Sunday's 30-17 home loss to the Ravens, but it probably was because Derek Carr missed the game with a back injury. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio watched some game film late Sunday and said he noticed Cooper was open about five times.
 
"Yeah. I was open," Cooper said. "I like to play well so, hopefully, in this next game, I'll have a few catches and kind of get back on [track]."
 
Derek Carr will likely start against the Chargers on Sunday and he knows they need the team's top wide receiver to be a big part of their offensive game plan.
 
"He's ran some really good routes, to be honest. He's ran some good routes. He's obviously put some on the ground that he's wanted back. I've missed him a couple of times," Carr said.
 
The Raiders are on a three-game losing streak and Cooper is doing all he can in practice to find his top form. Looselines Sportsbook has the Raiders at +600 to win the AFC West and at +1500 to win the AFC.
 
 

 

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