Head coach Jon Gruden has had six games to evaluate wide receiver Amari Cooper and determine whether the fourth-year player is worthy of keeping around as a building block of the Raiders future. That might not be a very large sample size, but it really doesn’t matter when other factors point to the two sides
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."