Riley Cooper is Becoming a Big Part of Eagles Offense
Another Eagles win was highlighted by another spectacular day by Riley Cooper. Cooper caught three passes for 102 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's week 10 win at Green Bay..
While controversy followed Cooper over the summer, early on it seemed that Cooper wasn't going to be a major part of this high-powered offense. Cooper has just eight catches for 93 yards and one touchdown from with Vick as the starter.
Yesterday in the win over Green Bay, Cooper was at it again, making another big play, he was running toward the end zone with two defenders running with him when he adjusted his body and fell forward to haul in a 45-yard touchdown reception that was one of the defining moments of the Eagles' 27-13 winover Green Bay Sunday.
"Riley is really, really good at tracking the ball. He was an outstanding baseball player. Kind of when you throw it up, he can make adjustments on it. You haven't seen that much when he ran a post route and then had to make a hard right turn," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told reporters.
So was the rest of the day for the fourth-year Seahawks receiver who is becoming the go-to guy in Philadelphia's passing game since Nick Foles has taken over the starting job. Cooper has caught 15 passes for 393 yards and six touchdowns from Nick Foles this season.
"I don't think he struggled his first five games getting open. He didn't have the ball thrown to him. But I don't think he was struggling getting open. When you watch the tape, he was open," Kelly told reporters. "I think we've got more time to throw, we're doing a better job in protection. I think the guy calling plays is calling better plays."
In Foles' four starts this year, Cooper is averaging 4.5 catches for 112.2 yards and has scored six touchdowns. So have people forgotten about his summer slip-up?
"I don't think the issue will ever go away because I think we all have valuable lessons that we can learn from it," Kelly stated. "Riley, obviously, because he was at the forefront of it, but I also think the guys understanding what he was about and what he was like as a human being in the locker room."