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Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: Amari Cooper go-route

Oakland's offense has dangerous big-play capability out of running formations, and the Raiders will scheme to get star receiver Amari Cooper in favorable one-on-one matches. Cooper (89) caught a 64-yard touchdown pass out of this grouping against the Chargers last season.

San Diego had to stay in its base defense because of the extra tackle and a fullback on the field. Pre-snap motion signaled to QB Derek Carr (4) it was man coverage, with a single safety high. That's a green light to go to Cooper. The Raiders split the fullback, Jamize Olawale, wide left, and the Chargers got confused. Cornerback Craig Mager (29) wanted safety Adrian Phillips (31) to shift out on the fullback. Phillips stuck with Cooper, making the matchup even better for Carr. Cooper beat Phillips on a stutter-and-go move. Oakland will give its tackles help in pass blocking. The Raiders are much more likely to use a tight end this season than an extra tackle, which it employed last year. Watch for the Raiders to take a deep shots against the Bills Sunday, out of big personnel or with four receivers running vertical routes.

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