Cooper says he didn’t taunt Wash­ing­ton de­fend­ers

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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.


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