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The Raiders have traded WR Amari Cooper to the Cowboys in exchange for a 1st-round pick. That's a massive price to pay for a guy who's been more disappointing than not since the start of the 2017 campaign. Of course, Cooper is still just 24, has a 1st-round resume and has certainly flashed upside. This isn't exactly a great landing spot, though. Cooper will be the clear #1 option in Dallas' passing game, but the Cowboys rank 31st in pass rate. Plus, it tends to be tough for WRs to settle into new offenses mid-season. Consider Cooper a WR3 for now. Oakland, meanwhile, is left with Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts atop the WR depth chart.

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Raiders WR Amari Cooper sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It's the 2nd known concussion of his career, with the 1st coming last November. We'll track his progress through the protocol. The Raiders have a Week 7 bye.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said from the Combine on Wednesday that WR Amari Cooper will be the "focal point" of his offense. "He has tremendous quickness. He’s smart, versatile and he’s a gamer," Gruden said. "He likes the bright lights, and he’ll be the headliner in our offense.” Cooper is coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign. But he topped 1,000 yards in both of his first 2 NFL seasons and turns just 24 in June. Gruden, meanwhile, brings a long history of churning out productive #1 WRs. In 14 seasons as a HC or OC, his top receiver has averaged 137 targets, 79 catches, 1,142 yards and 7.4 TDs. Cooper is a prime 2018 bounce-back candidate.

Raiders QB Derek Carr suggested in a radio interview on Friday that WR Amari Cooper played hurt for much of the 2017 season. "That man was out there playing on 1 foot," Carr said. "He was out there just trying to give it his all even though he could barely get out there and do it ... Honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have even played with what he had going on." Most guys deal with some level of injury throughout the course of an NFL season, so this doesn't completely excuse Cooper's disappointing 2017. But better health certainly won't hurt his chances of a bounce back this coming season. Cooper turns just 24 in June and topped 1,000 yards in both of his first 2 campaigns.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Eagles. He put in limited practices on Friday and Saturday. HC Jack Del Rio said Saturday afternoon that there's “a good chance" Cooper will play vs. Philly. He still can't be trusted in fantasy lineups, though, after aggravating that ankle injury just 14 snaps into his last outing.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Friday. The team reportedly expects him to play against the Eagles on Monday. We'll see about that. Regardless, Cooper can't be trusted in Week 16 fantasy lineups after lasting just 14 snaps last time out.

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