In the first five games of the season, all started by quarterback Michael Vick, Cooper had only eight catches for 93 yards. There was a lot of talk that he was never getting open. In this game, though, he got open and made two big plays - a 47-yard touchdown catch in which he ran past Tampa Bay cornerback Johnthan Banks in the third quarter, and a short hitch that he turned into a 44-yard play in the fourth quarter.
"Some guys would get upset for not getting the ball, but I'm not a very selfish person," said Cooper, who grew up in nearby Clearwater. "I just want to win games. Like I keep saying, everyone's time is going to come and today I got a few looks and a couple plays. It's just a new offense."
As for the progress the offense is making, Cooper said, "It's big, but like I say, everything is so new. We're still all getting on the same page, all on the same timing. We'll get it going. Everyone's time will come. I didn't really get a lot of looks the first however-many games and then today I did. It's just a new system - everyone's getting used to it. It will come around."
Everybody knows what happened this summer, about the racist statement Cooper made at a Kenny Chesney concert, and the YouTube video that captured the statement, and the subsequent and justified condemnation. Cooper apologized and was fined by the team. The question all along was whether his teammates would accept him back. All available evidence suggests that they have.
"I'm very proud of him," Foles said. "I love Riley to death and thought he played tremendous near his hometown and I'm really proud of him. I really think his character has grown for sure."
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