Unnamed Raider calls the Amari Cooper trade a ‘knockout punch’

Jon Gruden has blown up 1-5 Raiders, jettisoning Khalil and one-time emerging star WR

Karl Buscheck
October 24, 2018 - 9:45 am

Unsurprisingly, it does not sound like the Amari Cooper trade is going over well in the Raider locker room.

The Athletic’s Vic Tafur delivers this gem of a quote from an unnamed member of the 1-5 silver and black.

“You have to wonder if we haven’t been playing for draft picks all along,” the player told Tafur. “Despite everything the coaches told us at training camp.”

Life comes at you fast.

Here’s a video from just before camp, at a rally at Ricky’s, when Gruden famously declared that Derek Carr was “one hell of a quarterback” and promised he’d get Mack back in the building.

Back to the present...

“The Mack trade was a real stiff jab,” Another Raider told Tafur. “But the Cooper one was like a knockout punch, especially because we had just walked back in the door from the bye. We didn’t want to believe it was coming, and Coach said we weren’t going to trade him.”

The Raiders host the Colts at 1:05 pm on Sunday at the Coliseum. Oh, and the trade deadline is Tuesday of next week at 1:00 pm, soo stay tuned...

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