FaceTime To The Bay: Amari Learning Offense


FRISCO, Texas – Amari Cooper's homework on the Cowboys' offense continued over the bye weekend.

Back in the Bay Area, not North Texas.

Traded from Oakland only a few days earlier, Cooper arrived at The Star last week in time for two short practices. The Cowboys' new receiver needed to head home over the weekend to gather his things.

Turns out Sanjay Lal, Cooper's new position coach, was heading in the same direction for a few days off.

"Sanjay had a family situation in California he was taking care of and Amari was out there transitioning back," head coach Jason Garrett said. "They spent three days together continuing to get up to snuff on what we're doing, so that was a positive thing."

Cooper said he and Lal went to a local park in the morning. The visits helped him gain more insight on the intricacies of the offense.

"The biggest thing was to get up to speed on what we're doing," Garrett said. "How we call things, where he lines up in different formations, what his responsibilities are, what his adjustments are, all the details."

Cooper also connected with quarterback Dak Prescott on FaceTime to discuss plays, routes and terminology.

The work has continued in person this week.

Even with the bye, it's a short introductory window for the Cowboys' starting quarterback and new receiver. When Cooper makes his Cowboys debut Monday night against Tennessee, he'll have five total practices with Prescott.

"All the small things matter," Cooper said. "Communication. You have to just be on the same page, I would say. No matter what you're doing, you have to be on the same page.

"I've picked up a lot (of the offense) so far. It's not a bad translation. It's easy to translate what I did in Oakland here."

By Monday's game, will Cooper be comfortable enough to make a significant impact?

"That's a good question," he said. "We'll just have to wait and see."