The Dalls Cowboys are expected to have one of the premier passing attacks in all of football this upcoming season. Dak Prescott throwing the football to the talented Cowboys wide receiver corps will certainly strike fear into defenses across the league.
Prescott, who is set to return from a season-ending ankle injury, was recently ranked as the seventh best quarterback in the NFL by NFL executives. The Cowboys quarterback was ranked ahead of Lamar Jackson, but somehow landed behind Matthew Stafford on the list. Nonetheless, Prescott has a real opportunity to break into the elite at the position with a strong 2021 campaign.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler gathered input and rankings from NFL executives, officials, and players for the wide receiver position this week. To the surprise of many, not a single Dallas Cowboys wide receiver landed in the top-17 (!) of the rankings.
NFL coaches, GMs and players listed the best WRs in the league going into the 2021 season.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) July 14, 2021
Not the proven Amari Cooper. Not the up-and-coming CeeDee Lamb. Michael Gallup did not get a look, either.
The biggest omission is obviously Cooper. Cooper has established himself as a premier wide receiver one since arriving in Dallas at the 2018 trade deadline. He has formed a lethal combination with Prescott, and his route-running has always been elite.
Davante Adams was ranked as the top wide receiver in football. There’s not a whole lot to argue against that. Keenan Allen, DK Metcalf, and AJ Brown rounded out the top-10 in these rankings.
That’s not all — Cooper was not even among the honorable mentions provided in the article. The likes of Cooper Kupp and Javis Landry both received more votes for this list than the Dallas Cowboys’ go-to target.
It is hard to excuse that — especially after a season in which Cooper posted 92 catches, 1,114 yards, and five touchdowns with Andy Dalton throwing the football for the majority of the year.
Debating if Cooper is a top-10 wide receiver is one thing. Amari Cooper has been the go-to receiver in the Cowboys offense and has made countless of big plays. That said, there are real concerns about his performances away from AT&T Stadium that be pointed to.
Still, that should not be enough to knock him down so far in the rankings. Cooper was a top-10 in Fowler’s poll last year and is now nowhere to be found. Not even an honorable mention.
It is hard to wrap my mind around that. Expect Amari Cooper to establish himself as one of the best receivers in football with Dak Prescott back behind center. Maybe the voters will not leave him off the list next time.
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