Riley Cooper has 28 catches for 555 yards and 7 touchdowns after 10 games, meaning things are going well for the Philadelphia Eagles. After an offseason full of controversy surrounding the 4th year wide receiver out of Florida regarding racial slurs that were caught on camera, Riley Cooper has done more than just make up for it.
Since the hamstring injury to Michael Vick back in week 6, the Nick Foles to Riley Cooper connection has been lethal. The two have been on a tear as Foles has thrown 5 touchdowns to Cooper over the Eagles’ last two games.
While Foles has done a magnificent job of spreading the ball around and finding the open receiver, he has taken advantage of the speed he has on the outside with both Cooper and Desean Jackson. Cooper has gotten past the secondary of opposing defenses numerous times in the past couple of weeks, which has allowed Foles to show off his ability to throw the long ball.
The success that Cooper is currently demonstrating speaks volumes about both his character and the persona of the Eagles as a team. Cooper received tons of backlash during the offseason as a result of his ill-advised actions. He was also isolated from his teammates and shunned by everyone involved with the NFL. Additionally, Cooper got into a fight with cornerback Cary Williams, in practice, because of Williams’ issue with having a teammate who he felt did not respect his ethnicity. Cooper’s teammates have seemingly forgiven him, and he has bounced back in a big way.
Cooper’s past two performances have not been the result of playing teams with below average defenses or having a backup quarterback staring down one guy for the entirety of two games.
Cooper has made plays.
The second of his two touchdowns on Sunday was an example of this. On a 32-yard touchdown reception, Cooper was double covered and under thrown. He cut back to the under thrown ball, made a diving effort at the one yard line, and after securing the catch, rolled into the end zone for six points.
Along with the stellar play from Cooper, the Eagles’ offense is clicking on all cylinders. With Foles continuing to play at a high level, the offensive powerhouse that we expected to see from the Eagles at the start of the season may just carry them into the playoffs as they sit at 5-5, tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
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