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Cooper-Dak Connection Continues To Grow


ARLINGTON, Texas – Amari Cooper could only smile when a reporter asked him to describe his touchdown catch.

He responded the only way he could: "Which one?"

Through three weeks, the Cowboys have showed off a dazzling array of options in their offense. Dak Prescott found eight different receivers last week in Washington, and he completed passes to seven different guys on Sunday against Miami.

Cooper has been one of the only constants, as he just keeps logging big days – and touchdowns. As he said, he found the end zone two different times against the Dolphins, putting a nice exclamation point on a six-catch, 88-yard performance.

As has been the case all year, Prescott certainly looked like he wanted to get Cooper involved early. The Cowboys opened the game with a 37-yard completion between the two on a play action fake. Ten minutes later, on the second possession of the day, Cooper beat Xavien Howard on a nice cut to the outside for a five-yard touchdown.

"I've scored on that route a couple times in this league. What you want to do is sell the slant route and then come back out of it," Cooper said. "Howard's a pretty good DB, so when I came back out he was still kind of right there – but it still worked."

He had to wait a bit for the next one, but it helped Dallas grab control of the game coming out of halftime. After a holding penalty nullified a 74-yard Randall Cobb touchdown, Prescott guided the Cowboys downfield with completions of 33 and 20 yards.

Then, with the offense positioned just inside the red zone, he found Cooper wide open for a 17-6 lead.

"I had a post route, and out of that same motion I ran an out route on him earlier in the game," Cooper said. "So I knew he would think I was probably doing the same route again because of formation and the motion looked the same."

It's a pretty prolific start, even for a guy who's no stranger to the end zone. With two scores today, Cooper already has four touchdowns this season – which is awfully close to his career high of seven. Sunday also marked the first time he has ever scored in three-straight NFL games.

With Michael Gallup sidelined by a knee injury, Cooper's ability to thrive as the focal point of the passing game is even more impressive. His connection with Prescott can't be denied, as he likened their pairing to ketchup on a hamburger earlier in the week.

As both players wait for long-term contract extensions, it's quite an enticing look into the Cowboys' future.

"I think it could be real special," he said. "We just have to continue to be on the same page. Like I said, I think our games match each other well. Obviously, he's becoming a better player, I'm becoming a better player and I think the sky's the limit because if we can both stick around here for a long time we'll be able to grow together."