Looks like quarterback Derek Carr will have his top target in Hawaii with him for the Pro Bowl next week.
Just a day after the second-year quarterback was named to the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced that rookie wide receiver Ameri Cooper will be joining him for his Pro Bowl debut. He will be replacing New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Cooper led NFL rookies in nearly every receiving category by posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. He became the first Raiders receiver to have over 1,000 yards since Randy Moss had the feat in 2005. He wasl also the first ever Raiders rookie to top the mark, while also setting franchise records for receptions and 100-yard games by a rookie with five.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch, while ranking first among NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and tying for first in touchdowns. Additionally, his 72 catches are the most ever by a wide receiver 21 or younger and his yardage total is the second most by a NFL player 21 or younger.
The native of Miami, Fla., was tabbed as the Raiders’ first-round draft pick and the fourth-overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft after a record-setting career at Alabama. He was the highest wide receiver taken in the draft and the first receiver taken by Oakland in the first round since 2009.
Cooper joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. Running back Latavius Murray was also named an alternate in December, but appears to have been left out after Jets running back Chris Ivory replaced LeSean McCoy.
The five Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders mark the most for the team since having five in 2002. Cooper is the third Raiders draft pick in the last two years to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Mack and Carr. He is the sixth Raiders rookie to make the Pro Bowl, joining Woodson (1998), Tim Brown (1988), Marcus Allen (1982), Ray Guy (1973) and Raymond Chester (1970) on that list.