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WR Riley Cooper - Philadelphia Eagles

6-4, 222Born: 9-9-1987College: FloridaDrafted: Round 5

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2015 Week 15 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper contributed his usual low-yardage game. His first target didn't come until the third quarter, of which he made a nice play by turning up the field and fighting for the first down on a 15-yard gain. His next catch was also a smart play as he caught a short pass on third down but changed directions and fought ahead to secure the first.

2015 Week 14 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper tied Nelson Agholor for the most targets among wide receivers. His first target was a beautiful 42-yard bomb, but the ball hit the ground as he was trying to secure it (originally called a catch but overturned after a Bills' challenge). He made some nice grabs later in the game, picking up three first downs on his way to 9.3 yards per catch. His worst part of the day came when he was flagged for a late hit out of bounds on a punt return that set up the Bills in Eagles territory late in the third quarter.

2015 Week 13 vs NE (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper was the only Eagles' receiver outside of Jordan Matthews to record a stat in this game. But he did contribute two big plays. The first of which occurred during an onside kick attempt by the Patriots. Cooper attacked the ball and swatted it out of bounds before New England was able to recover. Later on that same series, with the Eagles up by only touchdown and facing a 3rd and 11, he secured a high throw for 14 yards and a first down. That catch would have sealed the game had Kenjon Barner not fumbled a few plays later.

2015 Week 12 vs DET (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper managed played the third most snaps among receivers and 16 yards on two catches.

2015 Week 11 vs TB (3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper ranked second in receiving yards on the day. He wouldn't show up on the stat chart until late in the third when Mark Sanchez fired a laser across the middle for 18 yards. Cooper's next target would be well off the mark and intercepted accordingly. He chipped in a 24-yard grab midway through the fourth when he broke free on a route and cut ahead for seven yards after the catch.

2015 Week 6 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 76 / 1 rec)

Once again, Riley Cooper managed to squeeze behind the defense and haul in a big touchdown reception - this one for 32 yards that tied the game in the first quarter. He opened the second half with a 43-yarder on a perfect throw from Bradford. But there wouldn't be much more than those couple of splash plays. He had another shot on a deep ball but quit on his route early, resulting in an interception. He finished the game as the Eagles leading receiver and now has 180 yards on eight catches and two touchdowns over the last three games.

2015 Week 5 vs NO (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Riley Cooper is not a consistent deep threat but he is consistently targeted down the field. This week, he tied Murray for the most targets among his teammates. Only Matthews played more snaps as it appears Cooper has cemented his role in this offense, despite his talent. Every pass thrown his direction is contested because he's not breaking coverage or giving Bradford a comfortable window to place the ball. As such, Cooper caught only 38 percent of his targets to bring his season total down to 47 percent. He did see his first end zone target of the season; it resulted in an interception (horrible decision by Bradford).

2015 Week 4 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 72 / 1 rec)

Riley Cooper played on 67 percent of snaps on Sunday, now fourth most of all skill position players on the season. But his role in this offense is clearly just to fill a seat and distract a defender in three-wide sets. He won't see many targets or be heavily involved in the game plan. That said, every now and again he'll be targeted deep since he'll always be left alone in single coverage. That was the case on Sunday when he hauled in a 62-yard touchdown to open the second half. There wasn't anything particularly special about what Cooper did; running a deep post against a mediocre cornerback won't win any MVP votes. It was, however, an absolute perfect throw from Bradford. Cooper is going to be on the receiving end of these types of plays throughout the season, and occasionally they'll explode for big scores. Predicting when they'll happen will be a headache.


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