Jacoby Brissett has occasionally found himself in awe of Amari Cooper's route-running abilities.
"You definitely give him an extra second to see what he does, and sometimes you just get caught watching a little bit," Brissett said. "It's been a lot of fun watching him run routes and just hearing why he did certain things."
Cooper, meanwhile, has appreciated the fact that Brissett is able to understand how plays develop from a receiver's lens.
"You can tell he's a veteran," Cooper said last Friday. "The thing I really like about Jacoby is he really understands concepts from a receiver's perspective, so it makes it really easy to communicate well."
It's safe to say the chemistry between Cooper and Brissett has grown since Brissett stepped into first-team reps at QB last week.
That connection will be imperative for the passing game to do what it needs to win as the Browns head into the season with Brissett as their starter for the first 11 games as Deshaun Watson serves his suspension. Cooper, to no surprise, has been the top target for Brissett in practices — the duo connected for a few nice plays in joint practices against the Eagles last week, including a seven-on-seven red zone period when Brissett hit Cooper for touchdowns on the offense's first two plays.
Both players understand the importance of communication and reps toward establishing a productive QB-WR bond. Cooper, a seventh-year veteran, has done it with three quarterbacks over his career: Derek Carr, Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton, who stepped in for an injured Prescott as the Cowboys QB for 11 games in 2020.
Despite the QB change, Cooper still managed to top 1,000 yards for the fifth time in his career.
Brissett, meanwhile, has developed connections with several receivers over his six-year career that has featured stops in New England, Indianapolis and Miami.
Few of those receivers have been as well-rounded as Cooper.
"He's so meticulous in what he does and how he studies defensive backs, coverages and plays," Brissett said. "It's been fun to just learn from him.
"Just going out there constantly, getting put into different situations and being able to come back and talk about those things, it's been very helpful. He's a very open guy. I think it's been a good relationship building."
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Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt mentioned the back-to-back touchdowns Brissett and Cooper had in the red zone period against the Eagles last week as an example of that chemistry growing. Sure, they were short throws for Brissett and easy catches for a player as experienced as Cooper, but both catches — completed with no shot of a defender deflecting the pass — looked easy for the duo.
Van Pelt believes it'll come easy for them in the regular season, too.
"It takes a lot of work on the side and it takes a lot of individual route running," Van Pelt said. "It's trusting each other, and that is stuff that you gain on the practice field."
It didn't take long for both players to find something they appreciate most about each other. For Brissett, it's Cooper's easy ability to get open. For Cooper, it's Brissett's keen sense of understanding what a receiver wants on each play.
Those are two strong recipes for success between a QB and WR. Brissett, though, jokingly deflected Cooper's remarks — he thinks Cooper is instead planting a wish to him.
"He's probably just trying to get me to throw him the ball more," Brissett said with a smile.
If the chemistry continues to blossom, that wish will be granted.