The Oakland Raiders have a lot of confidence in Derek Carr's ability. Much of that faith stems from his solid rookie season despite the lack of talent around him. It's not often that a first-year QB tosses more than 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns when his leading receiver manages just 693 yards.
As a result, the Raiders invested their top draft pick into Alabama star Amari Cooper. So far, reports out of OTAs hint that Cooper is living up to the lofty hype. That's why it's no surprise that ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson tabs him as the Oakland pass-catcher to top 1,000 yards this season.
"Oakland hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Randy Moss in 2005, so it is desperately looking for a receiver who can reach that milestone," Williamson wrote. "If anyone in Oakland achieves the mark this season, I think it will be rookie Amari Cooper. The No. 4 overall pick will be Derek Carr's favorite target. This is a guy who caught 124 passes for 1,727 yards last year at Alabama. He is ready to breakout immediately."
Cooper is the rare rookie receiver who is lauded for his elite route running ability. His precision and ability to create separation will provide him with plenty of chances to make plays in 2015. Although Carr is dealing with an injury to the ring finger of his throwing hand, he is expected to be 100 percent by training camp.
The Raiders are beyond excited to have these two young players start building a rapport with one another. If all breaks right, Oakland could have two offensive cornerstones in place for years to come.