Amari Cooper seems to be taking on a slightly more talkative role thus far with both his teammates and the media.
The Raiders’ second-year wide receiver chatted on Wednesday following Day 2 of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp and hit a solid range of topics.
Regarding the foot injury that hampered him toward the end of last season, Cooper said: “It’s always frustrating when you can’t do all the things you really want to do out there. But injuries are a part of the game. But I did learn from it. You’re supposed to take care of your body and not take it lightly.”
He spoke of his increased comfort level as a second-year player.
“I’m a lot more comfortable,” Cooper said. “I feel like I have a great feel of what it’s like to be a pro. I like my progress so far.”
He raved about his experience at the Pro Bowl and how motivating that is for him to get back there.
“It was a really, really fun and great experience,” Cooper said. “I got to talk to some of the veterans on some of the other teams who I really admire and look up to. Guys like Adrian Peterson. They gave me a lot of good advice.”
And he also got into how he’ll improve by getting to face cornerback Sean Smith daily in practice.
“It’s a great experience,” Crabtree said. “He’s a really talented player but he’s really smart, so it’s kind of like a chess game out there. It’s fun.”
Quarterback Derek Carr likes the way Cooper has handled himself.
“Like any rookie, he did it right,” Carr said of Cooper’s quiet approach last year. “He came in, and he probably did it on purpose a little bit too, you just come in, shut your mouth and go to work. That’s exactly what he did. Everyone respected him. No one could ever say anything about his work ethic, besides, ‘Man, he’s quiet.’ That’s the only negative thing they could say and that’s not even a bad thing. He’s definitely more talkative this year and he’s just being himself.
Cooper explained his approach as “probably just being around the guys for a longer time. I’ve never been the type of person to walk into a building or a place that I’ve never been before and just be this outspoken person. I just like to chill out first to see how things are going.”