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Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:41am
Out of nowhere, out of an incident that could have torn the Eagles apart before Chip Kelly had coached his first game, WR Riley Cooper has emerged as perhaps the most pleasant surprise of their season: 28 receptions; seven touchdowns; a gaudy 19.8 yards per catch; and, most important, a group of teammates who were willing to accept him again.
"I'm so proud of him," wide receiver Jason Avant said. "Only he and I know some of the conversations we've had or some of the things that transpired that could have had him down. But he's definitely overcome a lot of things."
No one but Cooper knows whether he has truly changed in the wake of his telling a black security guard at Lincoln Financial Field that he would "fight every n- here," and in a way, we don't have to know.
Everyone carries some amount of prejudice, however small, within his or her heart. No one is immune. No adult is an innocent. As offensive as Cooper's language was, what matters now is that he understood he was wrong, that he has not repeated the behavior, and that his teammates were forthright both in condemning what he said and allowing him the opportunity to repair his relationships with them.
Cooper has exploded this season since QB Nick Foles has taken over. Cooper's numbers with Foles are impressive: 15 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs in about a game-and-a-quarter of work this season. The two have played a lot together on the second team while Foles was behind Michael Vick and Cooper behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:38pm
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:55am
The Eagles don't plan to go outside the organization to replace Jeremy Maclin, which was a huge loss. With Cooper now in trouble for a racial slur, it makes sense the Birds look for more production from what is a deep group of tight ends. Celek probably has the most value of the three but it appears he could lose some work to the versatile Casey and rookie Ertz, who has even lined up on the outside at times in camp.
Confirmed: Jeremy Maclin tears ACL, out for 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1:56pm
Maclin was carted off the field Saturday about an hour into practice.
Maclin, a fourth-year wideout in the last year of his rookie deal, went down at the end of 7-on-7 drills.
Jason Avant will likely remain a slot receiver so expect names like Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Arrelious Benn, B.J. Cunningham, Greg Salas along with rookies Ifeanyi Momah, Russell Shepard and Will Murphy to compete for the job. Benn and Cunningham were already out of practice after suffering minor injuries in Friday’s practice that rendered each one day to day. The Eagles could also use more multiple TE formations with Brent Celek, James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz.
Monday, July 8, 2013, 2:14pm
CSN Eagles reporter Geoff Mosher said Eagles WR Riley Cooper is one of several veteran Eagles who might not be around for the season opener. WRs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson can safely be considered locks to make the team.
Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:14pm
Bryce Brown starts tonight at tailback for the Eagles with LeSean McCoy out due to concussion. Brown faces a Carolina Panthers defense that allows the 24th most points to RBs, so the matchup is decent. At QB, Nick Foles starts in place of Michael Vick. All Eagles pass-catchers are suffering in the rankings due to Vick's absence.
Injury Report for MNF: Panthers @ Eagles
Saturday, November 24, 2012, 3:35pm
DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring)
LB James Anderson (back), LB Thomas Davis (non-injury), DT Dwan Edwards (non-injury), DT Ron Edwards (non-injury), T Jordan Gross (non-injury), G Geoff Hangartner (knee), DE Greg Hardy (illness), S Colin Jones (head), LB Jordan Senn (ankle), WR Steve Smith (finger)
WR Riley Cooper (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (foot/ankle), G Danny Watkins (ankle)