Riley Cooper Fantasy News
Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:20pm
Maclin's return makes the Eagles' depth chart after DeSean Jackson rather murky. When healthy, Maclin is better than Riley Cooper, but the ACL injury is a worry. Still, Maclin is just 25 years old and since he injured his knee before the season, he should be close to 100 percent in 2014. His ADP will land in the middle rounds (6th-9th). By taking the one-year deal, Maclin will be highly motivated to produce big numbers so he can cash in next spring.
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Report: Riley Cooper to sign four-year deal this week
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:16am
With Jeremy Maclin out for the season, Cooper had a good year, finishing #24 in standard formats and #31 in PPR. For a five-game stretch from Week 6 to Week 10, Cooper was the #2 receiver in fantasy football, but he definitely faded down the stretch, posting #54 WR numbers the rest of the way. If the Eagles bring Maclin back, it'll be tough to get too excited about Cooper's prospects given his inconsistency in 2013.
Jeremy Maclin (ACL) ahead of schedule
Friday, January 3, 2014, 1:22pm
Jeremy Maclin said Thursday that he was ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and that he anticipated being ready for the start of spring practices on April 21.
Maclin has some paperwork he must deal with, though, before he can be penciled in as a participant at the start of the Eagles' offseason workouts. The wide receiver is slated to become a free agent on March 11 when the new league starts.
The Eagles will have decisions to make with Maclin and Cooper as both players head into free agency.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 2:17pm
“I don’t think [Cooper] struggled in his first five games getting open, I don’t think he had the ball thrown to him, but I don’t think he was struggling getting open,” Kelly said. “When you watch the tape, he was open. I think we have more time to throw, and we’re doing a better job with protection. I think the guy calling plays is calling better plays. Riley is really, really good at tracking the ball. It’s one of his qualities, he can track a ball in the air.”
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.
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:25am
"No fallout whatever," Kelly said. "You've got two competitive guys. It was squashed pretty quickly."
Kelly said Williams, a cornerback, covered receiver Cooper on the first play of the team period Thursday, which was closed to the media. Michael Vick, who had to step in and restrain Williams during the scuffle, threw a deep ball to Cooper.
The first-year NFL coach said he didn't hear what was said between the two because of the loud music he favors during practice. According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Williams used a racial slur, the same one Cooper used in the infamous viral video that surfaced early last month. This suggests a connection between Cooper's slur and Williams' rage Thursday.
"Do I think that was connected to what happened yesterday?" Kelly said. "No, not at all. No, I don't."
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 12:34pm
Cooper has sleeper potential, but likely won't see enough targets to be fantasy relevant in Chip Kelly's run-oriented offense. Over the last two seasons, Cooper averaged fantasy WR4 numbers in games where he saw 5+ targets.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10:15am
The Eagles added depth to their depleted wide receiver corps Monday afternoon, acquiring 24-year-old Jeff Maehl from the Texans in exchange for offensive lineman Nate Menkin -- who the Eagles acquired from the Texans a year ago.
Maehl, who played for Chip Kelly at Oregon, was undrafted in 2011. He’s had a couple stints on the Texans’ practice squad and played in three games in 2011, mainly on special teams. He didn’t catch any passes.
Maehl adds some extra legs at camp for a depleted group of Eagles WRs. He likely won't make much of a fantasy impact, but is expected to compete for a special teams job. The Birds don't have much of a WR2 option at the moment, so it's possible you can lump him in with a group that includes Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson and Russell Shepard. Maehl was the only 1,000-yard receiver at Oregon under Kelly. The Eagles have talked about signing another WR after cuts are made around the league.
Riley Cooper returns to Eagles
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:40am
McLane and others confirmed Cooper will, in fact, practice today - interestingly in a joint session with the Patriots. We had a report yesterday that Russell Shepard was leading the way in the Eagles WR2 battle, however, McLane later tweeted that Cooper was getting work with the first team.