LONDON – Amari Cooper was unconscious on the field for an extended stretch after absorbing a harsh helmet-to-helmet hit from Seattle Seahawks defensive back Bradley McDougald.
Quarterback Derek Carr throw Cooper a pass low over the middle, and Cooper’s momentum stopped has he tried to corral the pass, leaving him vulnerable to a big shot.
The Raiders announced shortly after that he was being evaluated for a concussion and initially deemed him questionable to return. A few minutes into the third quarter, the Raiders announced that Cooper suffered a concussion and would not return to Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium.
McDougald took full advantage, and delivered a massive hit – it might be fair to call it a cheap shot – with clear and direct helmet-to-helmet contact. Shockingly, the hit was not flagged.
Cooper was down on the turf for minutes, as trainers tried to get him up and awake.
He jogged off the field on his own, and was led immediately into the locker room after that.
Two notable Raiders additions in the offseason, tight end Jason Witten and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, met with the media via a Zoom call Monday.
Here are five takeaways on what was said.
1. One major reason the Raiders brought in Witten, who became one of the NFL’s top tight ends over 16 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was for his veteran leadership. Coach Jon Gruden even asked Witten to speak to the team a few days ago about the importance of high character.
“It’s vital,” Witten said. “This league’s too hard regardless of how talented you are, and I shared this with the guys. … The margin for error is so small in this league that’s how you have to approach it. I was blown away by the skill set. You can see it. I’ve also seen the guys love football. They work hard. They’re accountable.”
It's no secret how fast Raiders rookie receiver Henry Ruggs is. With his 4.27 40-yard dash speed, he's in the end zone in the blink of an eye.
The Raiders were enamored with Ruggs' speed, and rightfully so. That certainly played a big role in the Silver and Black selecting the former Alabama receiver with the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But it wasn't the only reason.
Ruggs had some of the best hands in the draft, and he proved that with an insane one-handed grab for a touchdown early on in Raiders training camp.
It's easy to see why the Raiders fell in love with Ruggs before the draft. He tallied 86 receptions for 1,487 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns his final two years for the Crimson Tide. Ruggs should have a big role in the offense, and the hope is he connects right away with quarterback Derek Carr.
So far, so good.
Ruggs should be used all over the field as a rookie, as the Raiders find ways to get the ball in his hands. And it appears he will start off in the slot.
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“We’ll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs III," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said to reporters last week, via Raiders Wire. "But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that’s the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver.”
Whether it be on the inside or outside, Ruggs will play a big part in the Raiders' offense right away. His ridiculous one-handed grab was just another preview of what's to come.