The Buffalo Bills took great strides forward in the 2019 NFL season and Amari Cooper could be a player to help them take the next step in 2020.
The 2019 season saw the Buffalo Bills make it back to the playoffs after missing out the year before, seeing Sean McDermott‘s team earn a respectable 10-6 record.
The Bills looked set to progress beyond the Wild Card round but ultimately fell short in a 10-7 overtime loss to the Houston Texans.
Seeing the Bills make it this far has been an enjoyable experience for the fans, but has not set expectations for progress in 2020, meaning the team will need to once again make additions to help them push forward.
One such potential addition could, and should, be wide receiver Amari Cooper, who most recently played for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Bills saw impressive growth from quarterback Josh Allen in 2019, with the second-year starter throwing for 3089 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, improving his QB rating from 67.9 to 85.3.
Allen formed a strong partnership with receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, with Brown earning his second-ever 1000+ yard season (six touchdowns) and Beasley himself having his second-highest receiving yards (778) with a career-high six receiving touchdowns.
This chemistry that has been developed between the three will be important during the 2020 season, but the team could still do with adding a legitimate number one target for Allen.
The 25-year-old Cooper, once a fourth-overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2015, could be the perfect addition to the Buffalo Bills receiving corps.
The 6-foot-1, 210lbs receiver has been consistent throughout his professional career, catching over 1000 yards in all but one of his seasons to date, combining for 5097 total receiving yards and 33 touchdowns over the past five years.
Arguably entering the prime of his career, Cooper could provide the Bills with an exceptional option through the air and continue to push Allen’s development forward.
The Bills have just over $81 million in cap space heading into the 2020 free agency period and are more than capable of accommodating Cooper’s contract demands, which are likely to be significant given his status as a legitimate number one.
Having played alongside Beasley, the addition of Cooper isn’t likely to upset the apple cart, so to speak, and could see the team benefit from that familiarity.
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