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July 30, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN JEREMY Maclin tore his ACL Saturday, Riley Cooper said he was so upset he almost cried. "Jeremy's one of my really, really good friends," the fourth-year wide receiver said. "He's a great player. For this to happen to him, I feel for him. I almost shed a tear for him out there on the practice field when I saw him go down. " Losing Maclin, who has averaged 65 catches, 863 yards and seven touchdowns a season since the Eagles selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, is a serious blow to the Eagles' offense.
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August 8, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles' plan for handling the Riley Cooper situation became clear Tuesday. There is no plan. There never was. The team acted quickly to fine Cooper for his videotaped racist threat, then ducked low and hoped it would all blow over. The assumption that Cooper went to some kind of sensitivity training or counseling program appears incorrect. The Eagles excused him from team activities on Friday so he could "seek assistance. " Coach Chip Kelly said there was no timetable for Cooper's return.
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August 8, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles on Tuesday, four days after he took an excused absence to seek counseling following a video that surfaced online last week showing Cooper yelling a racial slur. Cooper visited his family's home in Florida during his absence, which began Friday and included only three missed practices. He spoke to Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Monday night and told Kelly he was ready to return. The two met Tuesday morning. By the time Cooper practiced in the afternoon, he said, he had met with every teammate.
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September 2, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
During the preseason thus far, 19 players have caught passes for the Eagles. In keeping with the need to have all things in perspective at this time of year, it's worth noting that the leading receiver, with nine catches, is rookie Nelson Agholor, who might be the top receiver during the regular season, too, and the second-leading receiver, with eight catches, is undrafted local Rasheed Bailey, who almost certainly will not make the 53-man roster....
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September 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper took a razor to the tape around both his ankles and proceeded to slice off the bandages. A gaggle of print reporters approached his locker, and the wide receiver dropped the cutter that hangs from every stall in the Eagles locker room. "This ought to be interesting," Cooper said last week. "What?" He stood up and turned as television cameras joined the semicircle. "I know where this is going," Cooper said, "but go ahead, I'm listening. " He's been down this path before.
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February 13, 2015
THE EAGLES found themselves being widely ridiculed on social media yesterday when a number of people and media outlets, including TMZ and Deadspin, noticed that the 2015 team calendar features a photo of wideout Riley Cooper illustrating February. February is Black History Month. Cooper, of course, made headlines in the summer of 2013 when video footage surfaced of him using the "N-word" during a dispute at a Kenny Chesney concert. He ended up apologizing to fans and teammates. "We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar," the Eagles said in a statement released yesterday afternoon.
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January 6, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The last time Riley Cooper touched the football this season it glanced off his left hand and fell to the turf at MetLife Stadium and the Eagles were forced to punt. It probably was the last time he was targeted as an Eagle. If so, it was a fitting way to go out. The Eagles gambled on third down late in the game and Sam Bradford went to Cooper, who had run a post route. The ball was thrown a touch high, but the timing was off. Cooper didn't look back at his quarterback until the last moment and the ball ricocheted off his outstretched hand.
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August 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper took an indefinite, excused absence from the Eagles on Friday and will not participate in practice, meetings, or be at the team's training facility until he receives counseling. The announcement came two days after an online video showed Cooper screaming a racial slur at a concert in June. In a statement, Cooper said he needed time to "reflect" on the situation, which could further fester into a divisive issue within the team's locker room. "The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time," Cooper said.
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August 2, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video in which he used a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert was posted online, and several of his teammates said they forgave him. "I'm extremely embarrassed, I'm extremely hurt, and extremely sorry for my actions," Cooper said not long after the website CrossingBroad.com posted the clip that was recorded in June at Lincoln Financial Field. Cooper had yet to address his teammates, but later he stood in front of the Eagles in the NovaCare Complex auditorium and expressed remorse for his comments.
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August 2, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It is going to get worse, probably much worse, for Riley Cooper and the Eagles before it gets any better. The team guaranteed that with its tepid discipline of Cooper for using the most vile of racial epithets in a video that went viral Wednesday afternoon. After meeting with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman, and head coach Chip Kelly - three white men - Cooper got off with a fine. A suspension would have been more appropriate. Releasing Cooper from the team would have been within reason.
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January 18, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Head coaches, like presidents, should have speech writers. If they did, it sure would be cool to be Doug Pederson's guy. Mr. Head Coach, here's what I came up with for your pending introductory news conference with the Eagles at the NovaCare Complex. I got some help from the trainers and doctors, so you can read it over and tell me what you think.   Introduction: OK, injuries. (Clear throat for effect) Chip Kelly had a broken offense, a tired defense and quite a few personality quirks.
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January 6, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The last time Riley Cooper touched the football this season it glanced off his left hand and fell to the turf at MetLife Stadium and the Eagles were forced to punt. It probably was the last time he was targeted as an Eagle. If so, it was a fitting way to go out. The Eagles gambled on third down late in the game and Sam Bradford went to Cooper, who had run a post route. The ball was thrown a touch high, but the timing was off. Cooper didn't look back at his quarterback until the last moment and the ball ricocheted off his outstretched hand.
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January 5, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Just hours before he was surprisingly dumped as the Eagles' coach, Chip Kelly argued one last time that the team he assembled had plenty of talent but not enough luck or coaching. "We have to put them in a better position to make plays," he said often - too often - this season. From his mouth, it irked you, especially as players seemingly in perfect position dropped passes or were blown up after the ball was snapped. Now, though, it is your greatest hope that the 2016 NFL season will not be the great waste that this one was, that what we saw in a game between teams literally fighting not to be extradited for a 2016 London matchup had at least an element of foreboding.
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January 2, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
There is more to picking a new head coach than identifying the candidates, interviewing them and hiring the one you think is the best choice. The flip side is that the men you are interviewing also have a choice to make. The best candidates usually have more than one option and that will certainly be the case again this offseason when as many as 10 teams could be searching for that special guy who they think can turn around a struggling franchise. How do the Eagles look when you measure them against some of the other potential teams on the head coaching market?
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December 31, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Staff Writer
A LOOK at the Eagles under Chip Kelly: FIRST SEASON Jan. 16, 2013: In a surprising move, the Eagles hired University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, an offensive innovator at the college level with no NFL experience. April 25-27: Offensive lineman Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz and defensive tackle Bennie Logan were the Eagles' first three draft picks. July 31: Wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized to teammates after video surfaced of him using a racial epithet at a recent concert.
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December 29, 2015 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
In Chip Kelly's first NFL game, the Eagles scored 33 points and displayed a system and personnel that helped make them an offensive juggernaut. They scored into the 30s seven more times that season. They also reached 30 nine times in 2014, albeit with the help of non-offensive touchdowns. In 15 games this year, it's happened only three times. The regression of the offense has been on display all year, and it was evident in the Eagles' 38-24 loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday.
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December 28, 2015 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Bennie Logan and Byron Maxwell both missed Saturday's game against the Redskins. Logan has a calf injury, and Maxwell has a shoulder injury. Neither player practiced during the week, so their absences were expected. But they were two key pieces of the defense missing for the critical game. Beau Allen started at nose tackle in place of Logan, who was sidelined for the first time in his three years with the Eagles. The Eagles played Brandon Bair as the sixth defensive lineman, and he mixed in at nose tackle.
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December 28, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
What moment reddened your face first? Which one set you screaming loudest and longest? What did the Eagles do Saturday night to deliver unto you the greatest amount of torment? Was it the sight of Zach Ertz breaking open after a broken coverage by the Washington Redskins' secondary, nothing but a vast strip of green between him and a go-ahead touchdown, and the football sailing beyond his outstretched left hand because of a Sam Bradford overthrow? Was it Riley Cooper's failure to hold on to a deep and perfect Bradford pass early in the third quarter, and Cooper's subsequent tantrum on the sideline?
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December 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
It would seem unfair to compare Nelson Agholor to his wide receiving predecessors with the Eagles. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were in their sixth years when they set career season-highs in Chip Kelly's offense. Agholor is only a rookie. But the Eagles have essentially made the comparison inevitable. They slotted Agholor into Jackson's and Maclin's old starting spot on the right and have often given their first-round pick the same number of snaps per game. Needless to say, he has fallen short.
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December 27, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
When the Eagles have the ball When the Eagles and Redskins met in Week 4, Sam Bradford threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns - and Bradford is playing better now than he was then. That should be an encouraging sign for the Eagles, who will have the opportunity to move the ball against Washington. The Redskins allow 240.2 passing yards per game, but the 7.7 yards per attempt is one of the worst averages in the league. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown for 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions against Washington, plus 11 passes of 40-plus yards.
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