Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper has high expectations for the team's receiving corp as he thinks CeeDee Lamb was a great pick up in the draft for the team. Cooper, who was traded from the Las Vegas Raiders to the Cowboys mid-way through the 2018 season, had a career-high 1,189 receiving yards last year.
Meanwhile, Michael Gallup had 1,107 years and he and Cooper became the first pair of Cowboys wide receivers to post 1,000-yard seasons in the same season since 2006. Lamb was considered as one of the top prospect in this past NFL draft after posting back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards at Oklahoma.
The Cowboys already had a talented wife receiving corp but when the opportunity came to draft Lamb at No. 17, the team didn't think for too long what to do. "I think it was a great pickup," Cooper said, as quoted on ESPN.
"You have to draft the best player on the board. Everybody understands that. He's a great receiver. I think with me and Michael Gallup going for 1,000 yards last year, the expectation is to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year."
Cooper thrilled to be a Cowboy
This offseason, Cooper and the Cowboys reached a long-term agreement as the wide receiver was handed a five-year contract worth $100 million. "I just liked everything about being a Dallas Cowboy.
Just the atmosphere both in the building and outside the building in terms of the city of Dallas and surrounding areas," Cooper said. "I guess that would be the same reason why I was willing to take less money to stay here.
That coupled with the fact that I've been privileged to play on different teams, so I understand the culture isn't the same in every city. Every team isn't the same ... Me being able to see that on another team and having the opportunity to be on a team I really love, I wouldn't trade that for a little bit more money."
Cooper also added he thinks Lamb will fit in well in Cowboys scheme: "I think he's a quick learner. He already has a good foundation. He's fundamentally sound in his route-running. It's very small, nitpicky things that I help him with that I may see with him being a rookie, but I think he has a really good foundation."