WR - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Eagles release WR Riley Cooper
The Philadelphia Eagles have released WR Riley Cooper. Cooper was entering year three of a five year, $22.5M contract that was signed back in 2014. He had 21 catches for 327 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Cooper's distraction of his remarks a few years ago was a heavier weight than his contributions to the team, not to mention his outrageous $4.5M cap number next season. This is undoubtedly the first of a line of moves for the Eagles in rebuilding from the "Philadelphia Headache" Chip Kelly.
Riley Cooper misses another practice
Eagles' receiver Riley Cooper missed his second straight practice due to a knee contusion he suffered against the Giants on Monday night.
Cooper was able to return from the injury on Monday, finishing the game with three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. However, his continued absence from practice is not a good sign for his prospects of playing this week. With Nelson Agholor also out, the Eagles may turn to Miles Austin and Josh Huff for additional snaps against Carolina on Sunday.
Riley Cooper finds pay dirt
Riley Cooper caught three passes on six targets for a team-high 76 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 27-7 win over the Giants on Monday night.
With fellow wideout Nelson Agholor sitting due to a hamstring injury, Cooper sparked the Eagles offense when he out-jumped two defenders for a 32-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford that tied the score at 7-7- late in the first quarter. Cooper's three catches tied a season-high, while his 76 receiving yards marked a season-high as he also came down with a 43-yard grab on the opening drive on the second half. However, one of Bradford's three interceptions was targeted for Cooper, who broke off a deep route on a clear miscommunication with the QB. Quietly, Cooper has hauled in two touchdowns over his last three games after totaling only three catches over the first three games. Still, he won't be a recommended fantasy play next week when the Eagles take on Carolina.
Three catches for Riley Cooper
Riley Cooper posted three catches for 32 yards in the Eagles win over the Saints on Sunday.
Cooper was targeted eight times, tied for most on the night. He was the target for one of Sam Bradford's redzone interceptions. Through four games, Cooper has just eight catches. He's off the fantasy radar.
Riley Cooper exits with thumb injury
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper exited Saturday's preseason game with a thumb injury. X-rays on the injured thumb were negative, but Cooper was held out for the remainder of the game.
Cooper was a disappointment for fantasy owners last year after a solid 2013 campaign. Despite his expected starting status in a dynamic Eagles' offense, Cooper isn't likely to be a consistent fantasy presence. The Eagles have several other options at WR, including free agent addition Miles Austin, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews, as well as several pass-catching RBs that are likely to steal targets. Still, considering Chip Kelly's affinity with his run-blocking ability, Cooper isn't expected to lose much playing time, at least early in the season.
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