Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper would prefer to catch passes instead of throwing them following an ugly turn at quarterback in Monday night’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
During the first half of the AFC North showdown, Cooper attempted to throw a pass downfield on a trick play, but the ball went well short of its target and landed in the hands of Bengals safety Vonn Bell. A short time after Cleveland sealed its 32-13 victory over Cincinnati, Cooper didn’t hold back when criticizing his performance.
“It was an abomination,” Cooper said, according to Pro Football Talk.
“It kept running through my mind, ‘OK, If he’s not open, throw it away.’ I didn’t really realize how hard it was to throw the ball away, because that’s what I tried to do. I did not try to throw it to him. I was trying to get the ball back to the line of scrimmage. I looked up, it was in another guy’s hands. It was terrible.”
Cooper then issued a word of advice to the Browns’ offensive coaching staff.
“Don’t have me throwing too many more passes,” he said.
Cooper also tipped his hat to Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who went 17 for 22 for 278 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.
“Much respect to Jacoby and the other quarterbacks out there because they’ve got a tough position. I’m just going to stick to getting open,” the 28-year-old wideout said.
Cooper, who landed with the Browns in March following a trade with the Cowboys, recorded a touchdown in Monday’s win, along with five receptions for 131 yards.
The Browns, now 3-5, will visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Nov. 13 after their bye week.