Cowboys' Amari Cooper Thinks He's Best WR in NFL Despite Not Proving It Yet

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 7, 2021

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) catches a pass during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
AP Photo/LM Otero

Amari Cooper thinks he's the NFL's best receiver and is ready to prove it in 2021.

"I think I'm the best receiver in the league," Cooper said Monday, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. "But there's a difference between thinking you're the best and actually going out there and proving it.

"Do I think I'm the best? Yes. Have I proven it? I wouldn't say I have."

Cooper has made the Pro Bowl four times in six NFL seasons but has never had 1,200 receiving yards or 10 touchdowns in a season.

For as much confidence as Cooper has, it's fair to argue he may no longer be the best wide receiver on his own team. CeeDee Lamb burst onto the scene during a brilliant rookie season in 2020 and is seen as one of this season's biggest potential breakout candidates. Look no further than average draft position in major fantasy leagues to see that many feel Lamb will eclipse Cooper in the pecking order this season.

Whether that happens remains to be seen, and it's clear Cooper enters this season feeling he has something to prove. 

"There are guys who have actually put up some great numbers, they've taken advantage of their opportunities and stuff like that," Cooper said. "I'm just still trying to take advantage of my opportunities and trying to put up those numbers to lead the league in yards, touchdowns, all across the board really."

Cooper spent much of the offseason recovering from ankle surgery but has been remarkably healthy throughout his career, missing no more than two games in any season. If Dak Prescott is able to stay on the field, Cooper may have a chance for his biggest season yet.