Amari Cooper is an effective receiver. He’s not so good as Odell Beckham Jr. was when he left New York for Cleveland although. Sure, there are some arguments you would make towards the latter assertion. For instance, maybe Cooper hasn’t been a real No. 1 in Dallas since CeeDee Lamb acquired there. Doubtful, however I can see the argument. Perhaps Cooper is a greater slot in Cleveland than OBJ? Maybe, however they’re fairly related receivers by way of what they create to the desk, so as soon as once more, it’s uncertain.
Cooper might declare he’s the finest receiver within the league, however he’s struggled to garner that status on his personal crew, not to mention throughout the NFL. Now, he strikes to an offense that runs the ball extremely continuously. In truth, the Browns have been the one crew within the NFL that ran the ball on greater than 47 % of their performs final season to complete the common season with a shedding report. They ran the ball over 6 % extra continuously than the Dallas Cowboys, and the Cowboys have been persistently forward in video games — 48.3 % run-pass ratio in CLE to 42.2 % in DAL. They had incentive to run the ball. Cleveland, not as a lot. Yeah, I don’t assume Cooper goes to interrupt out subsequent season, particularly if the Browns maintain trotting Baker Mayfield onto the sphere.
Since 2018, Cooper has all the time thrived across the deep intermediate a part of the sphere. His common depth of goal has by no means dipped under 8.8 since then and by no means risen greater than 12.5. For comparability, Deebo Samuel, a infamous YAC/brief yardage receiver, has recorded marks of seven.5, 2.2, and eight.4 in his three 12 months profession. On the opposite finish, Mike Williams, well-regarded as a deep risk for the Chargers up till final season, recorded ADoT’s of 12.7, 16.6, and 12.4 between 2018 and 2020. Cooper works in between the 2, perhaps a bit of extra towards the latter, however nonetheless intermediate nonetheless.
Mayfield has all the time struggled in that intermediate-to-deep vary. In 2020, arguably the very best season of his profession, Mayfield ranked twenty third in intermediate throw IQR, a measure of a quarterback’s effectivity, just like passer ranking that supposedly eliminates components out of the quarterback’s management corresponding to dropped passes and throwaways. Yes, Prescott ranked decrease than Mayfield that season, however Prescott additionally solely performed in 5 video games that 12 months. Basically, even in his finest season, Mayfield isn’t actually all that nice when throwing the place Cooper thrives.
Keep in thoughts that Browns’ WR Jarvis Landry was given permission to hunt a commerce at present as effectively.
The Browns don’t have a dependable goal outdoors of Cooper and Landry at present. Without Landry, groups are going to focus extra consideration on Cooper in protection. With Mike Williams re-signing with the Chargers, and Chris Godwin being franchise tagged and dealing on an extension with the Bucs, there aren’t too many nice vast receivers left obtainable. Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Allen Robinson are nonetheless free brokers. Maybe the Browns might concentrate on signing one among them, however their time would probably be higher spent making an attempt to commerce for an improve at quarterback.
All this being stated, I nonetheless assume it is a stable deal for Cleveland. A fifth and a sixth? That’s all for a man who’s recent off an 865 yard, eight landing season that was one of many worst of his profession and a sixth-rounder? Yeah, I’ll take that any day of the week. Although Cooper might not be used as successfully as he, or any followers, would love, he’s positively price what the Browns gave up. They took benefit of Dallas’s terrible cap state of affairs and acquired their alternative for OBJ.
Beckham confirmed that he nonetheless had heaps left in his tank after being traded away from the Browns. He had merely been the sufferer of an offense that didn’t use him. Many individuals thought of him washed by the point he began complaining about his goal share. I worry the identical destiny might befall Cooper in 2022. While Cooper continues to be a tremendously gifted receiver and well-respected throughout the league, his expertise will roughly go to waste in Cleveland’s run-heavy offense.