Raiders WR Cooper in favor of Nelson, Bryant additions

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 5.Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper already is thrilled with the offseason acquisitions of Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant.

“It’s been really cool,” the 23-year-old Cooper told the team’s website. “Been learning a lot from Jordy, obviously with him being in the league for such a long time. He knows a lot and he’s always sharing his wisdom in the receiver room. It’s been cool being around Marty as well.”

The speedy Bryant is expected to stretch the field, which should benefit both Cooper and Nelson.

“It will open up the offense a lot more being that he’s so fast, he’s so dangerous with the ball in his hands,” Cooper said. “Man, we have a lot of threats on offense.”

The Raiders selected Cooper with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his first three years, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder totaled 203 receptions for 2,903 yards and 18 touchdowns in 46 games.

He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons.

After catching 83 passes for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, Cooper had 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven scores last season.

“Well, I wouldn’t say it was great,” Cooper said of last season. “Definitely some things I need to work on coming into this year and some things that I have been working on so that I can be better on for this season.”

After missing the 2015 season because of a knee injury, Nelson had a big 2016 season for the Green Bay Packers with 97 receptions, 1,257 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown catches.

Nelson’s numbers declined significantly in 2017, when he had 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games.

Bryant was acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a third-round pick. He recorded 50 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns last season and added a scoring catch in the Steelers’ 45-42 playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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