Amari Cooper Replaces Brandon Marshall at 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2016

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) warms up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
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Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper was named Thursday to the 2016 Pro Bowl roster, per the Raiders' official website.

Cooper, originally selected as an alternate, will be replacing New York Jets wideout Brandon Marshall.

Cooper, 21, finished his rookie campaign with 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns, becoming the first Raiders rookie to ever post more than 1,000 receiving yards and setting franchise marks for receptions and 100-yard games (five) by a rookie.

He also became the sixth Raiders rookie to ever reach the Pro Bowl, per Raiders media relations assistant Adam Klionsky.

He joins fellow Raiders Charles WoodsonMarcel ReeceKhalil Mack and Derek Carr on the Pro Bowl roster.

That Cooper and Carr are playing in the Pro Bowl—along with young defensive superstar Mack—has to thrill Raiders fans, as the trio looks like it will represent the franchise for many years to come. Cooper has already become one of the faces of the franchise, and his potential to grow and become a superstar is exciting for an organization that has struggled for many years.

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