Amari Cooper not feeling the pressure

Raiders’ rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper has garnered praise from a couple of Hall of Famers in Tim Brown and Jerry Rice, but he’s still carrying himself confidently as he heads into his first training camp.

Cooper arrived in Napa this week after impressing throughout the offseason workouts in Alameda. Following the workouts, Cooper went back to Alabama to train with some of his former teammates.

“I went back to Alabama to train with the players and staff there,” Cooper said.

The young wide receiver also mentioned that he has kept in touch with his former head coach, Nick Saban.

“Yeah, I talked to him a little bit. He was just telling me how different NFL is from college football,” Cooper said. “He was just telling me basically to just stay the player and person that I am.”

Even with all of the praise from former greats, his quarterback Derek Carr and the media, the fourth-overall pick is doing just that - being the person he is despite the comparisons.

“It makes me feel great just to be compared to a player going to the Hall of Fame,” he said. “No, I don’t really feel any pressure to deliver.”


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