Despite Short Camp, Amari Cooper Dominates

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The NFL announced a five-game suspension for the veteran Cowboys right tackle.

Apparently, that was more than enough time for the Cowboys' star quarterback and lead receiver to re-establish their on-field rapport.

Cooper, back from offseason ankle surgery, posted the most catches ever by a Cowboys receiver in a season opener (13) and added a game-high 139 yards with two touchdowns.

It wasn't enough to hold off the defending Super Bowl champions. But Thursday's 31-29 loss to the Bucs proved that the offense, health willing, can be every bit as dynamic as Tom Brady's group this season.

"I think we're capable of throwing a lot and being successful. I think we're capable of running a lot and being successful," Cooper said. "But the most important thing is the win, and we just didn't get that tonight."

Balance is a weekly goal for the Cowboys' offense, but matchups also dictate game plans. The Bucs' defense is particularly strong in the front seven, making the run game challenging, particularly without right guard Zack Martin in the lineup due to COVID-19 protocols.

When Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting exited with an elbow injury in the first quarter, the Cowboys continued to attack in the passing game.

Prescott tied a career high with 58 pass attempts and completed 42 for 403 yards with three touchdowns. Two went to Cooper, including a spectacular second-quarter sequence in which Prescott calmly picked up a botched snap, avoided a Bucs blitz and found Cooper on a curl route in the end zone.

It was Cooper's sixth multi-touchdown game of his career.

"I thought Amari played very well," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "He obviously had a lot of targets, a lot of catches, a lot of production. I thought he did a good job with yards after the catch."

After the game, Cooper was more focused on plays he'd like to have back.

"There was a play on the last drive, just like an option route, and I was supposed to break out because the guy had inside leverage," he said. "I wanted to break in. I wasn't supposed to break in; I was supposed to break out. So, plays like that. … (Dak) did not go to me on that play, but he wanted to go to me on that play."

Despite those moments, Cooper didn't show any signs of rust despite limited preseason snaps.

The second week of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., the four-time Pro Bowler had yet to practice because he was still working his way back from some inflammation in his ankle. Coming off a career-high 92-catch season in 2020, Cooper said he wants to be "better than I've ever been."

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Despite Short Camp, Amari Cooper Dominates

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The NFL announced a five-game suspension for the veteran Cowboys right tackle.

Apparently, that was more than enough time for the Cowboys' star quarterback and lead receiver to re-establish their on-field rapport.

Cooper, back from offseason ankle surgery, posted the most catches ever by a Cowboys receiver in a season opener (13) and added a game-high 139 yards with two touchdowns.

It wasn't enough to hold off the defending Super Bowl champions. But Thursday's 31-29 loss to the Bucs proved that the offense, health willing, can be every bit as dynamic as Tom Brady's group this season.

"I think we're capable of throwing a lot and being successful. I think we're capable of running a lot and being successful," Cooper said. "But the most important thing is the win, and we just didn't get that tonight."

Balance is a weekly goal for the Cowboys' offense, but matchups also dictate game plans. The Bucs' defense is particularly strong in the front seven, making the run game challenging, particularly without right guard Zack Martin in the lineup due to COVID-19 protocols.

When Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting exited with an elbow injury in the first quarter, the Cowboys continued to attack in the passing game.

Prescott tied a career high with 58 pass attempts and completed 42 for 403 yards with three touchdowns. Two went to Cooper, including a spectacular second-quarter sequence in which Prescott calmly picked up a botched snap, avoided a Bucs blitz and found Cooper on a curl route in the end zone.

It was Cooper's sixth multi-touchdown game of his career.

"I thought Amari played very well," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "He obviously had a lot of targets, a lot of catches, a lot of production. I thought he did a good job with yards after the catch."

After the game, Cooper was more focused on plays he'd like to have back.

"There was a play on the last drive, just like an option route, and I was supposed to break out because the guy had inside leverage," he said. "I wanted to break in. I wasn't supposed to break in; I was supposed to break out. So, plays like that. … (Dak) did not go to me on that play, but he wanted to go to me on that play."

Despite those moments, Cooper didn't show any signs of rust despite limited preseason snaps.

The second week of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., the four-time Pro Bowler had yet to practice because he was still working his way back from some inflammation in his ankle. Coming off a career-high 92-catch season in 2020, Cooper said he wants to be "better than I've ever been."

Dak dazzles with 403 yards, 3TDs in 1st game since ankle injury

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Dak Prescott picked up where he left off.

In his first appearance since suffering a serious ankle injury last October, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback completed 42 of 58 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns against one interception during Thursday's 31-29 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prescott was only seconds away from being victorious in his return. He led an 11-play drive that finished with Greg Zuerlein kicking a 48-yard field goal to give Dallas the lead with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter. However, on the ensuing drive, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady put kicker Ryan Succop in a position to nail the game-winning 36-yard field goal.

"It's a shame he had to play Brady," Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said of Prescott after praising the Cowboys passer, according to Jon Ledyard of Pewter Report.

Brady finished the night with 379 yards and four touchdowns against two interceptions.

Prescott, who didn't play during the preseason after battling a shoulder ailment, looked comfortable inside the pocket against the Buccaneers. The 28-year-old attempted a couple of deep throws in the first half that appeared off, but overall he managed to make plays all over the field.

The two-time Pro Bowler set career highs in 2019 with 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns over 16 appearances. He was on pace for a career year before his ankle injury in 2020, completing 68% of his passes for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns across five games. Prescott signed a four-year, $160-million extension in March.

Dak has thrown for 472, 502 and 403 yards in his last 3 complete games - and the Cowboys are 0-3 in those games.

"We played complementary football better than we have during my time ever," said Prescott, who was sacked once and hit seven times versus Tampa Bay, according to Matt Mosley of The Dallas Morning News.

Though the Cowboys' defense failed to pressure Brady for most of the game, it forced three turnovers, including a fumble off wideout Chris Godwin near the goal line in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay's special teams also strongly outplayed Dallas on Thursday, with Zuerlein missing two field goals and an extra point.

Prescott fully believes the Cowboys will bounce back, though. After the game, he was spotted on the field telling Brady, "We'll see you again."

"That's just the confidence I have in this group," Prescott said, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. "The expectations are high. This is a playoff team. We're gonna make a big push this year."

Dak dazzles with 403 yards, 3TDs in 1st game since ankle injury

Dan Patrick Show 10 September, 2021 - 12:29am

Dak Prescott picked up where he left off.

In his first appearance since suffering a serious ankle injury last October, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback completed 42 of 58 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns against one interception during Thursday's 31-29 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prescott was only seconds away from being victorious in his return. He led an 11-play drive that finished with Greg Zuerlein kicking a 48-yard field goal to give Dallas the lead with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter. However, on the ensuing drive, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady put kicker Ryan Succop in a position to nail the game-winning 36-yard field goal.

"It's a shame he had to play Brady," Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said of Prescott after praising the Cowboys passer, according to Jon Ledyard of Pewter Report.

Brady finished the night with 379 yards and four touchdowns against two interceptions.

Prescott, who didn't play during the preseason after battling a shoulder ailment, looked comfortable inside the pocket against the Buccaneers. The 28-year-old attempted a couple of deep throws in the first half that appeared off, but overall he managed to make plays all over the field.

The two-time Pro Bowler set career highs in 2019 with 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns over 16 appearances. He was on pace for a career year before his ankle injury in 2020, completing 68% of his passes for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns across five games. Prescott signed a four-year, $160-million extension in March.

Dak has thrown for 472, 502 and 403 yards in his last 3 complete games - and the Cowboys are 0-3 in those games.

"We played complementary football better than we have during my time ever," said Prescott, who was sacked once and hit seven times versus Tampa Bay, according to Matt Mosley of The Dallas Morning News.

Though the Cowboys' defense failed to pressure Brady for most of the game, it forced three turnovers, including a fumble off wideout Chris Godwin near the goal line in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay's special teams also strongly outplayed Dallas on Thursday, with Zuerlein missing two field goals and an extra point.

Prescott fully believes the Cowboys will bounce back, though. After the game, he was spotted on the field telling Brady, "We'll see you again."

"That's just the confidence I have in this group," Prescott said, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. "The expectations are high. This is a playoff team. We're gonna make a big push this year."

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