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Amari Cooper feels trade from Raiders to Cowboys changed him as a person

Amari Cooper feels trade from Raiders to Cowboys changed him as a person

Time can be a healer. Or it can be a reflection.

Amari Cooper was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys just over one month ago. When he was first dealt, Cooper said he was excited for a "fresh start." Now that he's had more time, Cooper has thoroughly reflected on the move. 

“I feel like it kind of changed me, like, as a person a little bit," Cooper said to Yahoo Sports.

Cooper was a star at Alabama and the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and he made the Pro Bowl his first two seasons as a Raider. He knows what it feels like to be a star. And then he fell back in Oakland's plans. 

“I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve been traded before," Cooper said. "Growing up, every team that I’ve played on, I was a pretty important piece to the team. I wasn’t really happy in Oakland or anything like that.

"But when I sat and thought about it [Monday] night … I thought about the fact that they traded me away. I don’t know how to feel about it.”

[RELATED: Watch Cooper score 90-yard TD, hurt Raiders' NFL draft position]

When the Cowboys traded a 2019 first-round pick to the Raiders for Cooper, they showed how important they believed he could be for the team. The change of scenery certainly has paid off. 

In six games with the Raiders, Cooper had 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdowns. As a Cowboy, he has 22 more receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns, in two fewer games.

Cooper says he has a chip on his shoulder, and the motivation has paid dividends for the Cowboys, who sit in first place at 6-5, while the Raiders are 2-9. 

How Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski showed his value with Bears last season

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How Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski showed his value with Bears last season

When opportunity knocked last year for Nick Kwiatkoski, the Chicago Bears’ four-year reserve linebacker, he answered.

With free agency looming, he was put in position to show the rest of the NFL what the Bears privately knew about the high-motor, highly athletic 26-year-old: It wasn’t a lack of ability that prevented Kwiatkoski from being a full-time starter, it was that the Bears had some of the best players in football at his position.

In Kwiatkoski, the Bears’ depth chart was hiding a starting caliber linebacker. And not just a situational one, but the highly coveted three-down kind who can play the run and the pass.

All of which he showed in an eight-game stint at the end of the 2019 season. He had 50 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss and four pass breakups to firmly establish himself as a valuable free agent target.

READ ABOUT KWIATKOSKI AT REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

Raiders' Zay Jones shares heartwarming story amid racial tensions

Raiders' Zay Jones shares heartwarming story amid racial tensions

The death of George Floyd while in police custody Monday in Minnesota has re-ignited racial tensions in this country.

Protests are occurring in cities all over the United States, and professional athletes are speaking up about their experiences.

On Saturday, Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones shared a heartwarming story on Twitter about an encounter he had with an woman at a home goods store.

That's powerful.

Jones, a Dallas, Texas native, was acquired by the Raiders in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last October.

In 10 games for the Raiders, Jones caught 20 passes for 147 yards.

[RELATED: Jones, Carr building chemistry]

But receiving this unnamed woman into his arms is the biggest catch of Jones' career.

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