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First of all I understand that this is a huge comparison to make and it is completely unfair for me to compare Amari to Jerry Rice.
Let me also state that Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver of all time, despite what Randy Moss thinks.
But as far as the comparison goes:
Jerry Rice was not a freak of nature like Julio or Calvin Johnson. He was an amazing route runner and had unreal hands. There are tons of great route runners and tons of people with great hands but the elite combination of both was what made Rice a legend. He had very very nice speed, great hips, and acceleration to leave you in the dust. I see all of these things in Amari. Not one particular thing stands outs when you watch him but his combination of everything is what makes him truly elite. I expect more of the same from him for the next two years and expect him to be a top 10 pick in a couple years.
Post your comparisons down below
No flame here. Love the enthusiasm, and I see what you're saying...but slow your roll just a bit.
I like where your heads at OP but let's slow down a little. Amari has a ton of potential but let's not set him up to fail as a fanbase. Those are impossible standards to meet as a collegiate player.
You'll never achieve great things until you believe that's what's supposed to happen
I agree with the OP. I do not get the sense that Coop will ever have a college slump let alone sophomore slump. It's ok to have enthusiasm and make that comparison. I see no signs of Coop slowing down, only getting even more clutch. Jerry Rice was the definition of clutch. IMHO... OP is on point.
I usually hate when someone does these comparisons to other players, but I think AC & Rice have a lot of similarities in their games, I hope everyone understands that you aren't saying that AC is going to be the next Jerry Rice. But saying that their are striking similarities in their style of play, I think is fair. Marvin Harrsion would be another that I would say is comparable.
Amari Cooper is Amari Cooper.
No one will be the next Jerry Rice.
Are you kidding me ? Amari cooper is alot better than Jerry rice.
He's not saying he is as good as jerry rice, just that they have similarities.
Having seen both of them play in person Cooper and rice ran very very precise routes, they also both displayed another gear to gain seperation on deep out routes so without question I agree with the OP that the comparisons in their game are substantiated. But having said all of that Rice did what amari is doing right now on a consistent level against the best players on the planet thtoughout his entire career for amari to be totally on the level of Mr Rice he will have to do the same at the next level not a terrible start to his college career though.
They do have alot of similarities, but i do think Amari is faster than Rice. If Cooper could maintain his current level of play then maybe one day we could mention them in the same breath but i doubt that happens as Rice was just insane and he seemed to never get hurt.
Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver to play the game of football. He's a hall of famer; he's won multiple superbowls and played against professional level corners every game. Amari had an amazing 1st season of competitive football, albeit on the the college level. I'll let Amari play another 10 years before the Jerry Rice comparisons start to surface.
Yeah it may be a little early for comparisons, but the potential is there. To sum Cooper and Rice up in one word: smooth. They both run their routes so smooth, there is no wasted motion, they never get out of control, and always are in the right position to make a play on the ball. Tremendous body control. Good post, something to keep an eye on as his career progresses.
So what does equals mean in your book? Let's admire this young man but lets just hold off on the comparisons to the greatest reciever of all time....lets let him beat Julio Jones first..K?
Jerry was a little bit taller, Amari a little bit faster in the 40 yard dash, but it's a pretty good comparison.
Not saying anybody will ever top what Rice did, but Cooper is similar in being just a good all around WR without being off the charts physically.
Copper is a good bit faster than Jerry and appears to be a lot quicker. I'm not gonna bother comparing other stuff at this point.
did you even take the time to read the actual post? He even said that he doesn't think its right to compare them because Rice is the greatest to play the game, he just said they have similar playing style, geez. Nowhere in his post did he say Cooper was better than Jerry Rice. He's not comparing who is better, because there is no doubt about that, all he said is they play similar. K?
This post was edited by jayalanbama7 18 months ago
sadly they dont understand that, and most are looking into it way too much.
Actually he played at Mississippi Valley State
I love the Marvin Harrison comparison. He's one of my all time favorite pros. He ran sick routes, super smooth in and out of his breaks and had arguably the best hands while he was playing. Also very chill and not a look at me type of player. I think coop matches everyone of these comparisons.
Woah slow down there cowboy...
What is wrong with what he said? He's not saying that Coop is as good as Rice, in fact he said Rice is the best ever, and unfair to compare. All he said was that Coop had a similar playing style as Rice. People compare current players with great players all the time, doesn't mean they are saying they are better, just that they play the same. People are blowing this way out of proportion. People used to compare Mark ingram to the NFL all time leading rusher all the time, doesn't mean they thought Ingram was better, just that they had similar running styles.
Agreed. Did you ever see Rice do that "stiff leg" on the sideline and then blow by the defender along the sideline? :) :) :)
Rice was the best at putting up consistently high numbers due to his amazing conditioning over a 20 yr period. He did not allow his body and skills to ever deteriorate over that time. That made him the best over the long haul.
And to the person that said nothing stands out about Amari, that is laughable. Amari has no weaknesses, which doesn't allow one particular thing stand out above his other skills. High point- check, hands- check, burner- check, crazy acceleration- check, open field moves to make the defender look silly- check, physicality- check, body control, check.
Barring an unfortunate, tragic injury, this guy will be putting up numbers for a long, long time.
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