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Sport How Cowboys QB Dak Prescott's words have helped WR Amari Cooper's toe-tapping catches

19:06  13 november  2019
19:06  13 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — In the moment, Amari Cooper doesn’t have much time to think.

He knows he’s close to the sideline. He knows he must drag his feet in bounds before falling out. And he knows that if quarterback Dak Prescott targets him any further inside, the Cowboys duo increases their risk of an interception.

So when Cooper made improbable catch after improbable catch Sunday night in the Cowboys’ 28-24 loss to the Vikings, the wide receiver understood that his performance wasn’t routine. But a comment from Prescott boosted Cooper’s confidence that the toe-tappers would actually work.

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Cooper ripped off three toe - tapping catches en route to 147 yards and a touchdown. First Prescott found Cooper for 20 yards on third-and-12 to set up the Cowboys ’ first score of the night, a 23-yarder with 8:15 to play in the second quarter . Then Prescott faked a handoff before rolling right to find

a group of people watching a football ball: Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper makes a catch on the sidelines in the second quarter against Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes at AT&T Stadium. © Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper makes a catch on the sidelines in the second quarter against Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes at AT&T Stadium.

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“We played the Eagles (in Week 7) and I made that sideline catch and (Dak) was like, ‘Man, you a bad guy,’” Cooper told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “Dak was like, ‘Man, you bad.’

“He could have just thought that in his head. But he said it out loud to me, and that just let me know that the trust is getting more and more.”

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In the Cowboys’ (5-4) loss to Minnesota (7-3), that trust produced what NFL Next Gen Stats ranked as two of the 10 most improbable completions across the league in Week 10.

The most unlikely, per the Next Gen model, came on third-and-12 with 9:25 to play in the second quarter.

Prescott sailed a pass 20 yards over cornerback Mike Hughes’ head. Cooper extended his arms to secure the ball while ensuring his feet did not leave the ground before he fell out of bounds. A “really important” play, Cooper would say in film study of the catch that kept the Cowboys' first scoring drive alive. The catch had just 18.9 percent completion probability, according to the model that considers factors like down-and-distance, receiver separation and proximity to sideline.

Then there was Cooper’s 13-yard completion off play-action midway through the third quarter. It earned a 25.5 percent completion probability from NextGen, ninth-lowest in the league. Cooper’s analysis: It wasn’t his top or second favorite catch of the night, but it was “pretty cool.”

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And then his 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter — Cooper’s favorite. For the third time that night, Cooper masterfully kept his feet in bounds. For the first and only time that night, the Cowboys took a lead. Cooper credited Prescott’s trust.

“A lot of times, (quarterbacks) just throw it away to keep it safe,” Cooper said Tuesday after delivering Sleep Number beds to the family of an active-duty military member. “You know what I’m saying? So he threw it to me. I’d say it’s that trust. Obviously when you do make that play when he does trust you to make it, he’s just going to throw it to you more in probably more improbable situations.

“And hopefully I can make the play for him.”

Cooper’s teammates are confident that he will.

Sunday’s performance against Minnesota was Cooper’s fourth 100-yard effort this season. In 18 games since Dallas acquired him from Oakland midway through 2018, Cooper has caught 106 passes for 1,573 yards and 13 touchdowns to average 87.4 yards per game.

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Jones said he will have a word of caution for Prescott , Cooper and Elliott, just as he did for DeMarcus Lawrence before the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Prescott and Cooper are in the final year of their contracts. Prescott , a fourth-round pick in 2016, is set to make a little more than million in 2019.

Amari Cooper responded, putting the Cowboys up with a 28-yard touchdown catch . Prescott has good reason to be thankful Cooper is on his team. The Cowboys QB has more passing yards (1 Since Cooper ' s arrival, Prescott hasn't been forced to throw the ball into as many tight windows.

In 2019, he’s on pace for record bests both averaging 94.2 yards per game and catching 74.6 percent of targets. Tight end Jason Witten believes Cooper is unguardable.

“He’s in that top tier ... making tough plays at critical times,” Witten said. “There’s always times for a receiver when you take this step like, ‘I don’t feel like I can be guarded.’ I don’t want to speak for him. But as his teammate and someone who’s studied a lot of route runners for a long time, he’s at that place. Underneath balls, intermediate, his run after catch: Those catches are not easy catches, but Dak and him are on the same page.”

Cooper’s response when asked if he is unguardable: “Yeah.”

Cooper believes his mental game is key, too. Cooper wanted to release outside and come back underneath on a slant against Hughes, but Hughes didn’t budge. So Cooper changed his approach to attack with the go route he felt Hughes was defending less staunchly. Before long, Cooper had raced to 11 catches for 147 yards and the toe-tapping touchdown that he said “wasn’t really that hard to be honest.”

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Amari Cooper has made three catches along the sideline that seemed impossible in real time. His most recent, a 12-yard touchdown, has given the Cowboys their first lead, 21-20. He now has seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott is 17-of-27 for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Cooper will have chances in November to see how difficult plays are against New England and Buffalo, top-three teams in both total defense and pass defense.

Prescott expects Cooper’s production against Minnesota will carry over.

“He did what Amari Cooper does,” Prescott said. “He just showed up and did what he’s done his whole career and during his time with the Cowboys.”

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