Cooper says he didn’t taunt Washington defenders
ALAMEDA (AP) — Amari Cooper disputed Josh Norman’s comments that the Raiders wide receivers were taunting the Redskins defense before last Sunday’s game in Washington and said he’s uncertain what the veteran cornerback was referring to.
Norman lashed out at Cooper and Michael Crabtree in a lengthy postgame tirade after the Redskins handed the Raiders their first loss of the season and accused Oakland’s star receivers of talking trash beforehand.
“What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?” Norman said. “I mean, first and foremost, you don’t come up in here and say what you’re going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? (Crabtree) didn’t catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you’re a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I’m telling you, we are here and we are waiting.”
Crabtree declined to talk to reporters Wednesday but Cooper did and sounded confused by Norman’s comments.
“I don’t know where he gets that from,” Cooper said. “As long as I’ve been here I’ve never bragged or anything before or after a game. I don’t know where that comes from.”
More concerning to Cooper is getting his season on track following a rough start. The fourth-overall draft pick in 2015 has caught only 10 passes through three games and is coming off one of the worst outings of his career after being limited to one catch for six yards by the Redskins.
It was only the fourth time in his career that Cooper has failed to catch more than one pass. Two of the others came during his rookie season.
Cooper dropped a pass on Oakland’s first possession of the second quarter, continuing a troubling trend that also plagued Cooper in his rookie season. He had four drops in the Raiders’ season-opening win against Tennessee and has an NFL-leading six overall, according to Pro Football Focus.