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February 10, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
IT SEEMED likely to happen at some point this offseason, regardless, given Riley Cooper's lack of production relative to his salary-cap charge, but it happened Monday, the first day of the 2016 waiver period. That didn't feel like a coincidence. The Eagles, continuing their efforts to change course in the wake of dismissing head coach Chip Kelly, released Cooper, who would have counted $5.3 million against their cap in 2016. They incur a $2.4 million charge by cutting ties, so they gain $2.9 million in cap room.
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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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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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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 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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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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June 5, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
EVERY LOST season needs its pariahs. Every pariah needs a defender. Fairly or not, the scapegoated Eagles of 2014 forever will be cornerback Bradley Fletcher and receiver Riley Cooper. Fletcher's knack for getting burned prompted the Eagles to cut ties with him (though the Super Bowl-champion Patriots found him worthy of a roster spot). Cooper, however, will return, the veteran presence on a wet-eared receiving corps . . . for better or worse. Cooper's breakout 2013 season raised expectations and got him a big raise, but his unremarkable 2014 season brought into question his presence on Chip Kelly's ever-fluid roster.
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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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September 12, 2016 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER COLUMNIST
When the Eagles announced the trade of cornerback Eric Rowe last week, coach Doug Pederson said the team wanted to give Rowe a chance to play. The obvious implication was that it sure wouldn't happen here for the converted safety taken in the second round of the draft two years ago. Pederson was a little nicer about it, but what he said wasn't much different from what Buddy Ryan said when bidding farewell to a player. "We're going to let him get on with his life's work," the coach would say, an indication Ryan didn't necessarily think that included the game of professional football.
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August 26, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Howie Roseman emerged from his year in solitary, he could have come blinking back into the light in either of two ways - as a cautious general manager looking for stability in an unstable profession or as a once-burned gambler no longer afraid of fire. It didn't take very long to determine in which direction Roseman had been bent while he was off in a library corner doing doctoral work on what it takes to win in the NFL. He hit the ground on the move when reinstated and the movement hasn't slowed in eight months.
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June 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Doug Pederson was never in a position to skip offseason workouts or attempt to force a trade or hold out for a new contract, but it's likely he wanted to at one time or another, and, at the least, shared locker rooms with players that were able to take those stances without repercussions. Would he have preferred for Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles to attend all of his first offseason as Eagles coach? Is Riley Cooper looking for a job outside the fast food industry? But Pederson never said as much publicly, never questioned their desires, and never instigated a showdown even though the Eagles had leverage in each circumstance.
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June 3, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Jordan Matthews was the Eagles receiver with the lowest percentage of dropped passes last season, which, given his competition for that distinction, is a bit like being the least aromatic elephant in the circus. Pretty much, they all stunk. Still, it was better to be Matthews, who, according to sportingcharts.com, had just five drops in 128 targeted passes. Defining a drop isn't that easy, but guys like Riley Cooper, Nelson Agholor, and Josh Huff nearly doubled Matthews' percentage, so it's a reasonable measure to adopt.
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May 5, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Nelson Agholor was one of the least productive wide receivers in the NFL last season. No receiver with as many routes run averaged fewer yards. And only eight receivers with as many targets had a worse DYAR ranking (defense-adjusted yards above replacement), as calculated by the advanced statistics website Football Outsiders. There will be more on that information later, but even if numbers were taken out of the equation, Agholor's season wouldn't score high on the eyeball exam.
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March 25, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles reached a one-year deal with former Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle on Wednesday, adding more depth - and a potential starter - to their wide receiver corps. Randle, 24, will sign a contract worth $1.025 million, with $500,000 guaranteed. With incentives, it could be worth more than $3 million. One of the most productive wide receivers on the market, Randle started the last two seasons for the Giants. He finished with 57 catches for 797 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, and he had 71 catches for 938 yards and three scores in 2014.
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March 20, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles were the only team in the NFL that didn't have an "outside" receiver with more than 50 targeted passes last season. Most teams had two. Some had three. The Eagles, for various reasons, didn't have a consistent threat outside the numbers or downfield. Only two of four regulars from last season remain on the roster. Riley Cooper was released last month and Miles Austin was mercifully cut with five games left in 2015. Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff return, as expected, but neither was drafted by new coach Doug Pederson or returning general manager Howie Roseman, per se, so their futures aren't as clear as if Chip Kelly had stayed.
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March 18, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
JUST ABOUT the only pressing need Howie Roseman didn't address in the first week of NFL free agency was his team's inexperienced wide receiving corps. The Eagles' de facto general manager checked off that box Wednesday with the signing of former Ram and Raven Chris Givens to a 1-year contract worth $840,000, including an $80,000 signing bonus, a league source said. The source said $100,000 of Givens' base is guaranteed. Givens, 26, has played four seasons in the league, which might not sound like much, but puts him at the top of the Eagles' ensemble, now that Riley Cooper is gone.
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March 4, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TO MOST of us, it's a long-forgotten play; a brief moment of ecstasy in a season of misery and disappointment. But it jumped off the screen at Eagles coach Doug Pederson when he reviewed the tape of his new team's crash-and-burn 7-9 season. It was the Eagles' 33-27, Week 9 win over the host Cowboys. A crossing route by slot receiver Jordan Matthews in overtime. A perfect in-stride pass from Sam Bradford. A 41-yard walkoff touchdown catch-and-run. And then the rain came. Bradford got hurt the following week and missed two games.
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February 10, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
IT SEEMED likely to happen at some point this offseason, regardless, given Riley Cooper's lack of production relative to his salary-cap charge, but it happened Monday, the first day of the 2016 waiver period. That didn't feel like a coincidence. The Eagles, continuing their efforts to change course in the wake of dismissing head coach Chip Kelly, released Cooper, who would have counted $5.3 million against their cap in 2016. They incur a $2.4 million charge by cutting ties, so they gain $2.9 million in cap room.
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