Receiver Amari Cooper became the first veteran player made available to the media Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys since they reported to training camp amid the COVID-19 restrictions.
It was also the first time that Cooper has spoken publicly since signing a five-year, $100 million contract extension in March to remain with the team as he promised during the 2019 season, turning down a more lucrative offer from the Washington Redskins.
"I just like everything about being a Dallas Cowboy," said Cooper who has made two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances since being traded to the Cowboys from the Las Vegas Raiders midway through the 2018 season. "Everything we created here and the atmosphere inside the building and outside the building, in the city of Dallas and the surrounding area."
"The opportunity to be on the team I really love, I wouldn't trade that for a little more."
Cooper said he hasn't had much of a chance to talk to head coach Mike McCarthy, though he remembers liking the consistency of the offense from McCarthy's time as coach of the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay Packers receiver DaVante Adams told him he would like the new offense when the two chatted at the Pro Bowl.
Cooper said the offense hasn't changed that much based on what he has gathered in virtual meetings during the off season.
He said the verbiage is different but the plays are pretty much the same or similar.
Cooper is excited about working with first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb, who is replacing the departed Randall Cobb as the third receiver in the offense behind him and Michael Gallup.
"I think it was a great pickup," Cooper said. "You have to draft the best player on the board. He is a great receiver. The expectation is to have three 1,000-yard receivers."
Cooper and Gallup both topped the 1,000-yard barrier last season. And Cooper likes what he has seen so far from Lamb during some informal workouts before camp.