Who should the Dallas Cowboys keep: Amari Cooper or Byron Jones?

Byron Jones #31 (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 20: Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a pass against Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

The Case for Amari Cooper

Ever since Dallas traded for Coop in the middle of the 2018 season, all the Pro Bowl wide receiver has done is score a bunch of touchdowns, run crisp routes, torch the Philadelphia Eagles secondary, and become one of Dak’s primary receivers.

When Coop arrived to Dallas, he performed at such a high level that Dallas went 7-1 down the stretch, beat the Eagles twice, won the NFC East Division, and beat the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. Coop became the number one wide receiver that Dak and Dallas’ offense needed. With Ezekiel Elliott running like crazy, Dallas had an air attack to go along with its running game and top-5 defense.

Finally, Dak had a legitimate wide receiver who could run every route on the route tree, had good hands, and scored touchdowns. Dak had never had that  type of receiver before because former All Pro Dez Bryant had become a shell of himself.

Since Coop’s arrival in Dallas, he has recorded 132 receptions, 1,941 receiving yards, averaged 14.5 receiving yards per reception, 14 touchdowns, and played in 25 games with two consecutive Pro Bowl bids. With Coop on the field, opposing defenses are forced with either doubling him and watching fellow teammate Michael Gallup beat them in man coverage.

Or if you play zone, Coop’s crisp route running rips through a secondary like a tornado in East Texas.  To put it into perspective, Coop has made Dak’s job  much easier as a quarterback, and in some ways, Dak has made Coop look good, too (some of those passes look like Dak literally placed the ball in Coop’s hands).

In an offensive and pass happy league, having a really good receiver like Coop is the main reason why Dallas is making a WR a priority. In their view, Dallas wouldn’t have had one of the best offenses in the league if not for Coop’s production.

side note: The Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory furthered  the Jones’s case on making Coop a priority over Byron because the theory now is it that high-scoring offenses win games not defenses. 

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After all of the good things that Coop brings to the offense, his biggest flaw is a rumor that says Coop checks himself out of games at times. The best example being the loss to the New York Jets and the last game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Whatever the case may be, Jerry and Stephen see Coop as a priority and someone this team desperately needs if its going to ever win another Super Bowl.