Despite being without their starting quarterback for most of the season, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver group performed admirably in 2020. Fresh off signing a five-year deal in the offseason, number one wideout Amari Cooper had an outstanding season.
Today we continue our player profile series by breaking down the Cowboys' top receiver and looking forward to what he can do with his quarterback back in 2021.
Contract Status: Signed through the 2024 season, potential out after 2022. (Via Spotrac)
2020 Review: Amari Cooper came into the 2020 season riding high. The 26-year-old wideout signed a five-year, $100 million deal to stay in Dallas in the offseason, and looked to continue the outstanding production he posted in 2019.
Cooper got off to a dominant start to the season. As a whole, the Cowboys' offense averaged 31.5 points per game in their first four outings and he played a big part in the Cowboys overall offensive success. Four games in, Cooper had 37 catches for an NFL leading 401 yards.
Cooper and his quarterback Dak Prescott were firing on all cylinders, but then came Prescott’s injury. With his star signal-caller out, Cooper’s production dipped slightly, but he still had an extremely impressive season. The wideout became the fourth player in Cowboys history to record 90 catches in a season. Cooper finished the season with 92 receptions for 1,114 yards, a 12.11 yards per reception average, and found the end zone five times.
Coming into the season the big question was could Cooper overcome his road woes? His struggles away from home were the one thing keeping him from being widely viewed as a top-ten wideout in football. However, Cooper put those concerns to bed in 2020. His 48 catches for 468 yards in eight road games nearly doubled his road production from 2019. Five of Cooper’s eight best PFF receiving grades in 2020 came in games on the road.
2021 Outlook: With Prescott back in the fold in 2021, the sky’s the limit for Cooper in this offense. Even with Andy Dalton at quarterback and a beat-up offensive line, Cooper caught at least four passes in 9 of the Cowboys' 11 games without their star QB, and had multiple 100-yard games.
The only real cause for concern regarding Cooper was his ability to be consistent. He clearly showed that is not an issue last season, posting production when catching the ball from Dalton, Garrett Gilbert, and Ben DiNucci. Overall, it probably was Cooper’s most impressive season in Dallas considering how well he played and what he was working with.
Overall Review: Amari Cooper was one of the few things that went right for the Cowboys in 2020. The wideout proved he is one of the best receivers in the league, and posted the highest single-season reception total of his career.
With a healthy offensive line, better running game, and quarterback by his side in 2021, Cooper has a real chance to surpass his 2020 numbers and have another All-Pro caliber season this upcoming year.