Dallas Cowboys fans are eagerly anticipating the debut of the trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb. Ever since the Cowboys drafted Lamb, there has been talk about just how much these three can produce on the field together. There has even been discussion of three 1,000 yard receivers in one season.
But recently, one of the three has been sidelined for the most part. Local reporters have noticed that Amari Cooper hasn’t been participating much in the past week even though he has been dressing out. Given Cooper’s injury-plagued 2019 offseason that carried over into the games, there has been some concern in Cowboys Nation about the state of Cooper’s health. Jerry Jones has an answer when asked if he was concerned.
“Not at all,” Jones said.
That’s good to hear, but why are the Cowboys limiting Cooper’s work? There hasn’t been any official announcement, but Jones offered up a clue. It seems that the Cowboys are pulling in the reins on Cooper as a precaution after a productive training camp.
“We have some of the most sophisticated health measuring systems in place,” Jones said. “And, so, some of them are as sophisticated as they can tell you how you’re literally, in layman’s terms, how your muscles are firing.”
He added: “If you’ve got a player that maybe has been tearing their — just been tearing it up and has been performing at an extraordinary level for him or his measureables in the background, you pull him back some because those are times you could be vulnerable to a pull. That’s come into play.”
Jerry Jones has never been one for absolute clarity, decoding Jerry-speak is a cottage industry. It sounds like what he’s trying to say is that Cooper has been pushing things to the limit, and the technology is telling the team that there is a possible danger if they keep things going at that level. It’s time to shut it down some and let his body go into a little bit of recovery mode.
Mike McCarthy said much the same thing recently, only in plainer English.
“There’s all kinds of information that goes into those decisions, and that’s a daily adjustment,” McCarthy said. “I wouldn’t read into it. We have the benefit of resources to make calculations and roll guys in and out of there. At the end of the day, you’re obviously trying to get ready schematically. You’re trying to get your fundamentals in order. You’re trying to hit the things from a technical standpoint that you need to get done. And let’s not forget we’re still evaluating our football team.”
Whatever the case, as long as he’s available on Sept 13th versus the Rams, it’s all good.