BEREA — Amari Cooper wasn’t the type to celebrate after a touchdown catch.
Do not spike the ball. No celebratory dance moves. Heaven forbid, don’t roll out the red carpet.
“Don’t know. Don’t feel the need,” Cooper said.
But Sunday will be the first game at FirstEnergy Stadium for the Browns’ new number one receiver. In his debut in Cleveland, in his 26-24 win over Carolina on Sunday, the four-time Pro Bowler caught 17 yards on his six targets, considering he only managed three. , Dawg might need a leap to his pound if he scores.
“I’ve never done anything like that, so I’m not sure,” Cooper said Thursday as the Browns geared up to host the New York Jets on Sunday.
Acquired from the Dallas Cowboys in a March 12 trade, Cooper epitomizes what Coach Nick Saban expects from the University of Alabama players. But Crimson won the Biletnikov Trophy with the Tide and Oakland Cooper, who was drafted 4th overall by the Raiders in 2015, didn’t hold back when discussing the boost he needed.
“We definitely have a lot to work out, but that’s what the first game is about,” said Cooper. “I think we had good chances in the game. The problem is that every time someone is supposed to get the ball, an outsider might not know it. is in the coverage that prevents you from getting the ball.
“Chance, they’ll come. Defense doesn’t always look perfect, so let’s be patient.”
Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said that Cooper had only three receptions, but “his style of play produced three penalties that were big plays.” “
On Wednesday, quarterback Jacoby Brissett said Cooper had been detained three times.
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Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn was flagged twice for it, and the Browns failed to score in both of those series. moved the ball to Panthers 1 and Kareem Hunt caught the scoring pass on the next play.
“At the end of the day, as long as the referee calls the flag, it helps the offense,” Cooper said. “A penalty can’t score a touchdown for you. Even though it might get you closer, you still have to do it as an offense. We want to record a down.”
The Browns were leading 20-7 at halftime, and the lead could have been bigger. Brissett and Cooper missed a connection down the right sideline on third-and-3 from the Panthers 36 on Cleveland’s first possession. Cooper was wide open and a few yards behind when the safe Xavier Woods tried to follow him, but the pass was incomplete.
“You don’t always get the look you prepare for,” said Cooper. “That particular look, you normally release on the outside on that route, but the corner flew too far on the outside, so I had to release it on the inside. I wasn’t used to seeing facial expressions. It was just another type of look.
“As long as it can be fixed, absolutely. I’m sure he’ll drill a ball in there the next time we see it.”
As explained by Van Pelt, Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn fell into play.
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“I don’t know if Jacoby saw him go down. He would have hit that ball a little more flat, more abrupt to Amari, faster to him,” Van Pelt said. “But those are the plays that we expect to grow through and move forward with.”
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski went for it on fourth down, but Brissett’s pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones was wide.
Before the game, Cooper said he hoped the Browns’ offense would create “fireworks”. He played 66 offensive snaps (82%) against the Panthers.
“The only stats that outsiders are counting are not the big picture, just catches and such,” Cooper said. “Sometimes you can be a decoy on some plays, but that’s what makes the plays. I definitely felt like I was involved.”
Cooper, 28, is one of five NFL receivers with at least 7,000 receiving yards and 45 touchdown catches since 2015, along with Davante Adams, Stephon Diggs, Mike Evans and DeAndre Hopkins. . After restructuring his contract with the Browns, he received his $18.88. He has a $1 million signing bonus and this season he will earn a base salary of $1.2 million.
No. 2 receiver Peoples Jones came up with some difficult catches that Van Pelt deemed “huge.”The Browns know they need more from Cooper.109. In his career games, Cooper scored 46 touchdowns and two more in four postseason games.
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Van Pelt said of Cooper, “Of course we want him to have the ball.” done.”
If a touchdown or two against the Jets increases that output, Browns left guard Joel Bitonio doesn’t think Cooper will loosen up and dive into Dawg Pound.
“I don’t know. I know Amari is a quiet guy. Who knows when it’s the right moment?” Bitonio said. “I’ve seen a lot of people jump in there. But I’m guessing he probably wouldn’t do it if he told you guys that.
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