Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper has a message for Los Angeles Rams cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
In short, he knows what's coming from them.
Cooper spent three and a half seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He saw a lot of Marcus Peters - who played for the Kansas City Chiefs for three years. Cooper also dealt with Aqib Talib, who spent four seasons with the Denver Broncos.
All three men were big-time impact players in the AFC West, and Cooper thinks he has the playbook on both Talib and Peters, as their Rams prepare to host his Cowboys in Saturday's NFC Divisional Round.
"I've played against those guys twice a year, both of them, I know them in and out," Cooper said, according to the Cowboys' official website. "I know how they play, and I'm able to tell my teammates, the quarterback their tendencies."
Cooper spent three seasons going up against Talib's Broncos and Peters' Chiefs twice a year. Cooper had limited success against both teams, who employed some of the better pass defenses between 2015 and '17.
But this Rams defense, despite a ton of Pro Bowl talent, hasn't played as well as many expected. They ranked a mere 14th against the pass (236 passing yards allowed per game), and 20th in scoring defense (24 points per game).
The Dallas passing game got significantly better once they traded for Cooper, sending the Oakland Raiders their 2019 first-round pick in return. Cooper finished with 53 receptions for 275 yards and six touchdowns in nine regular season games for the Cowboys. Now, Talib and/or Peters have the difficult task in slowing him down.
What This Means
Cooper's experience in going up against Talib and Peters could be come in very handy. The Rams' stout defensive line may prioritize slowing down Ezekiel Elliott, which could put the game in the hands of Dak Prescott and Cooper. Now, we'll see if Cooper can use that experience to get the better of the Rams' two Pro Bowl corners.