Ol­son says get­ting re­ceiver Cooper open is ‘on all of us’

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NFL - By Matt Kawa­hara Matt Kawa­hara is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

LON­DON – Re­ceiver Amari Cooper was tar­geted on only one throw in the Raiders’ loss to the Charg­ers on Sun­day.

Quar­ter­back Derek Carr said that doesn’t mean he wasn’t look­ing Cooper’s way.

“When I look at tar­gets, I don’t look at them like I only looked his way one time,” Carr said Fri­day at the Raiders’ ho­tel in Lon­don. “There were mul­ti­ple times in the game where my eyes went straight to him, where I’m look­ing to see if it was go­ing to work or things like that. And it just didn’t.”

Cooper’s us­age has var­ied week-to-week this sea­son. In Weeks 1, 3 and 5, Cooper was thrown to nine to­tal times for four catches and 36 yards. In Weeks 2 and 4 com­bined, he was tar­geted 22 times for 18 catches and 244 yards.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Greg Ol­son was asked about that fluc­tu­a­tion and said get­ting Cooper open is “on all of us, re­ally.”

“Find­ing ways to get him open and him work­ing to get open,” Ol­son said. “I think it goes both ways. And there have been teams that have tried to take him away, and we’ve worked on other matchups. It’s a game of matchups. Cer­tainly we like him as a wide re­ceiver and ev­ery week we will in­stall plays to take ad­van­tage of those matchups with him.”

Cooper on Fri­day agreed with Carr that tar­gets don’t pro­vide a full pic­ture.

“A lot of times, plays are called that I’m the first read, but the de­fense doesn’t al­low him to throw that par­tic­u­lar route,” Cooper said. “So, no, I don’t look at the amount of times that I’m tar­geted as the amount of times that he’s look­ing to throw me the ball.

“There’s al­ways a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties out there. But like I’ve said, we have a lot of tal­ented re­ceivers, tight ends. So a lot of times, I might be open but two or three guys are open as well.”

Week 5 marked the first time this sea­son the Raiders have not had a 100-yard re­ceiver. Cooper said the Raiders have “a lot of guys who can go off and kind of take over a game,” but he added: “We would like to do it more col­lec­tively as a group.”

“I think that would be bet­ter,” Cooper said, “and give us the best chance at win­ning.” In­juries: Left guard Kelechi Osemele is doubt­ful for Sun­day’s game against Seat­tle be­cause of a knee in­jury suf­fered in Week 4 against Cleve­land. Jon Feli­ciano will again start if Osemele can’t play . ... De­fen­sive end Fros­tee Rucker (neck) is also doubt­ful. Safety Karl Joseph, who has missed the past two games with a ham­string in­jury, is ques­tion­able. No “Hard Knocks”: Head coach Jon Gru­den was asked if he would con­sider hav­ing the Raiders on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

“I don’t think so,” Gru­den said. “I think my TV days are over.”

Gru­den was also asked to name his fa­vorite James Bond. His an­swer: Roger Moore.

“I thought Roger Moore was as cool as cool gets,” Gru­den said.

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