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Amari Cooper letting his voice be heard a little more

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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is talking a little more this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is talking a little more this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • JLofty

    you say that now, in June but…

  • Post to the Ghost

    I learn something new every day when I feel like it……for instance, a school of rays is actually called a “fever” of rays. (refresh)

  • Fugazi

    While the Warriors appear poised to win Game 6 in the NBA Finals in Cleveland –a back-to-back championship–their quest to win OFF the court and build a waterfront arena has taken a dramatic HIT, thanks to a ruling by a SF Superior Court judge.

    Judge Garrett Wong has ruled that Save Muni, a dedicated association of transit activists, environmentalists and neighborhood leaders, will be allowed to legally join the fight against the Warriors alongside Mission Bay Alliance–that’s a big development given the advocacy’s significant power in San Francisco legal and political circles.

    Furthermore, it figures to attract more Bay Area Media coverage given the likelihood of, at worst, major delays in the Warriors’ plan of having the new arena ready for a 2019 opening, an opening now that looks more and more like 2021 or ’22 at best, if at all.

    “We are pleased that Judge Wong has allowed Save Muni to join in this critically important lawsuit,” said Save Muni spokesperson Jerry Cauthen. “An arena in Mission Bay would cause severe traffic and parking impacts as well as decades of delay in getting the Caltrain trains into downtown San Francisco and we will do everything in our power to stop this from happening.”

    MBA and Save Muni will formally go to trial in San Francisco tomorrow (Friday). A lengthy court battle will put off the new arena and once again spawn rumors of either a Warriors ownership consideration of yet a new San Francisco sight or a reconsideration of Oakland and the Eastbay’s offers.

    The Mission Bay Alliance is a coalition of UCSF stakeholders, donors, faculty, physicians, nurses and the working men and women of San Francisco who are concerned about the impact of the proposed Warriors’ arena on the future of the vibrant community and medical campus at Mission Bay. The Alliance has joined a coalition of world-renowned scientists from UCSF, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the California Nurses Association in calling the proposed Warriors’ arena a “disaster” for Mission Bay.

  • I say that during the regular season quite a bit too.

  • JLofty

    What would you say after it cost us a victory or 3?

  • MR

    Everybody stays in Oakland. Raider super bowl in two years.

  • Is that why I always felt sick watching Everybody Loves Raymond?

  • Miamiraider78

    Am I the only person responding to you?

    Hello? Can you read me? I’m in Ibabuzz dreaming about blocking posters from appearing.

    Hello.

    lol

  • Miamiraider78

    Las Vegas Warriors?

  • Post to the Ghost

    That may have been brought on by Ramano’s whiney, unmanly character in the show…..at least Patricia Heaton was always a hottie.

  • Miamiraider78

    I’d bang her now and then.

  • r8dercain

    I added 4 more seats to the league. .
    Big banana one is for you.
    So that leaves 3 seats..
    Get at me

  • What would you say after it gave us an extra victory or 3?

    But really I’d talk numbers and the fact that the rate of success only needs to be more than half that of the PAT to get us more points over time.

    And obviously there are times when a PAT is easily the right choice based on the game math in the 4th quarter. In the first half though?

  • Miamiraider78

    A big sign being held behind the the ESPN crew reporting from Cleveland of Love in a trash can. Guess he won’t be a Cavalier next year.

  • Kevin the Grouch?

  • inonewordraider

    Will the parade be in san fran again?

  • r8dercain

    For who?
    Niners or giants?

  • MR
  • Latest news from sin city is that Fertitti’s will buy the Raiders as soon as the UFC deal closes

  • r8dercain

    New Post

  • the blocked dr robert

    Anyone blocking me won’t know about a new post.

  • Miamiraider78

    Fans can be ruthless man! If LeBron leaves, they’ll start burning his jerseys again and RRS will look for a new LeWagon to hop on.

  • ForHundred8

    Niners parade? LOL. Good one, cain!

  • the blocked dr robert

    Do u dare allow the doc?

  • “I’ve always been a Raptors fan! Lebron being there changes nothing!”

  • inonewordraider
  • JLofty

    Don’t get all fired up I am only devil’s advocating!
    I actually agree from a math standpoint it’s a no brainer. But football is a strangely human game. And it would be hard to factor in the human emotional element. Be a fun experiment. I would have def been a proponent of experimenting with this LSAT year…

  • Miamiraider78

    Haha that’s why some root for him to go to the Lakers, except for all Laker fans.

  • LSAT? Don’t need to be a lawyer to do this!

  • JLofty

    How many? You CAN have too many…

  • JLofty

    Haha. They will be the first to go…

  • r8dercain

    Sent you an invite

  • r8dercain

    Cain.mt6@gmail.com
    Email me I’ll send you an invite

  • r8dercain

    14 teams..
    No more..that’s it..

  • r8dercain

    Did you join

  • Turtle named Mack

    Don’t expect any calls tonight, the league likes them to go to 7.

  • M.Shorter

    Says its full man. Any chance you can raise the users

  • Mike_Trail

    I thought he died. lol

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