Could the Raiders use Amari Cooper on kickoff returns?
Jack Del Rio is devising up ways to get the ball into the hands of his explosive rookie playmaker.
And that might mean lining Amari Cooper up for kickoff return duty in 2015.
“What we’ll always do, and always have done, is say, ‘Hey, here’s what the guy can do for us,'" special teams coach Brady Seely told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Is he that kind of player who can change the game in that aspect for you?”
Cooper was undoubtedly a game-changing talent during his three years at Alabama. But the Crimson Tide never asked Cooper to return kicks or punts.
Cooper's last big special teams contribution? This electric 95-yard punt return at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.
Still, there's a reason why Nick Saban shied away from such responsibilities once Cooper got to the SEC. The receiver is much more valuable making defenders miss after a big catch.
The Raiders might want to follow that approach. Minimizing Cooper's injury risk is the best way to get him in sync with QB Derek Carr for the future.