ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When he was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders more than five months ago, the book on Amari Cooper was that he ran pass patterns like a seasoned veteran, understood pro-style offenses and had the best hands of any wide receiver coming out of college.
Some of that has proven accurate. While the former Alabama star is on pace to become the first rookie in Raiders history to reach 1,000 yards in receptions, his growth and progress this season have been stunted by his inability to hold onto the ball.
It's an issue that has plagued the 21-year-old Cooper all year. In his mind, enough is enough.