As they are wont to do, the prolific sports writers of The Talk of Fame Network do a wonderful job of making the case for Raiders alumni to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now they jump into the race for NFL Rookie of Year with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper in the conversation.
Rick Gosselin writes:
"Hoping to accelerate the development of their young quarterback, Derek Carr, the Raiders claimed the Alabama All-America with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft. Mission accomplished. Cooper became a walk-in starter and made a splash in his second NFL game when he caught seven passes for 109 yards against the Baltimore Ravens, including a 68-yard touchdown. Cooper also has posted 100-yard receiving games against Cleveland, San Diego and Tennessee. Cooper leads all rookie receivers this season with 62 catches for 920 yards and four touchdowns."
During the first week of September, NFL.com pegged Cooper as an early favorite to win the award. He has earned three Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards so far. Charles Woodson is the last Raider to Rookie of the Year award - AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998. Marcus Allen won the 1982 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.