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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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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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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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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 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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October 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper agreed with many who watched the Eagles-49ers game and the Nick Foles pass that sailed his way with just under three minutes left, which would have given his team a one-point lead. He should have caught it. "There's no excuse. I dropped the ball," Cooper said Thursday. "I went up to body it. . . . [49ers cornerback Chris Culliver] was kind of holding my left side and spinning around, so I really couldn't body it. That was my intention, but I just missed it. "But it was a perfect throw, right on the money from Nick.
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June 1, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The top of the Eagles' wide receiver lineup is set and on solid footing after a summer of turmoil a year ago. DeSean Jackson is signed, participating in early practices, and seems more at ease than he has been in some time, particularly after a training camp holdout last year. Jeremy Maclin, after battling a mysterious illness in 2011, losing weight, and missing most of the offseason preparation, is healthy, has added seven pounds of muscle and bulked up to 205, and says he has not lost any speed or quickness.
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March 24, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson, gone. Jeremy Maclin, gone. Riley Cooper, here. Chip Kelly's decision to keep Cooper rather than his most productive wide receivers over the last two years might not make much sense, but the Eagles coach has never been one to evaluate based on paper. That may be most apparent at the receiver position. Understanding how Kelly values receivers can help explain Cooper's place on the roster and the departures of Jackson and Maclin. It also points out how Kelly intends to replace the 42 percent of receiver receptions, 47 percent of receiving yards, and 46 percent of receiving touchdowns that left with the two Pro Bowlers.
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March 23, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson, gone. Jeremy Maclin, gone. Riley Cooper, here. Chip Kelly's decision to keep Cooper rather than his most productive wide receivers over the last two years might not make much sense, but the Eagles coach has never been one to evaluate based on paper. That may be most apparent at the receiver position. Understanding how Kelly values receivers can help explain Cooper's place on the roster and the departures of Jackson and Maclin. It also points out how Kelly intends to replace the 42 percent of receiver receptions, 47 percent of receiving yards, and 46 percent of receiving touchdowns that left with the two Pro Bowlers.
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March 11, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Once again, Chip Kelly is setting speed records. Free agency does not officially open until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but already the Eagles coach, general manager and king of everything has reshaped his roster with more additions and subtractions than any other team in the NFL. Legal tampering to Kelly is like lollipops for 3-year-old kids. His phone must operate exactly like his offensive linemen. Once he hangs up with one agent or general manager, he has to be back on the line within five seconds.
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March 11, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
JEREMY MACLIN came back from a career-threatening ACL injury to have the best season of his career, catching 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Now he's gone, headed for a reunion in Kansas City with the man who drafted him, Andy Reid, and Eagles fans want to know how in the hell this happened; how in the hell a supposedly smart guy like Chip Kelly could do something so insane like letting Maclin walk. It wasn't personal, and it certainly wasn't racial, as ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suggested yesterday, conveniently focusing on the color of Riley Cooper's skin and ignoring the color of the two wide receivers Kelly selected in the second and third rounds of the draft last year, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff.
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March 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JEREMY MACLIN, the last major offensive weapon left over from the Andy Reid Eagles regime, will join his former coach in Kansas City when free agency starts tomorrow at 4 p.m., ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last night. The news was unexpected, given that there hadn't been much buzz about Maclin previously during the NFL's "legal tampering" period leading up to free agency, and the few reports that had surfaced spoke of Maclin and the Eagles continuing to try to reach agreement.
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March 6, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IF EVER anyone questioned Chip Kelly's commitment to culture over talent and scheme, they certainly cannot question it now. DeSean Jackson was just the beginning. We have not seen the end. Two seasons into his tenure, Kelly has total control. He is exercising it like the former college coach he is. Any whiff of nonconformity, you're out. Ability and age, injury and salary play important roles in Kelly's template, too. Still, a warning to Eagles current and future: Rent, don't buy. Maybe week-to-week.
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February 14, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
The Eagles said Thursday they were not responsible for a regrettable connection in the team's official calendar. Wide receiver Riley Cooper's photo is featured in February, which is Black History Month. Cooper came under fire in July 2013 after he was captured on video using a racial slur at a concert. "We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar," the Eagles said in a statement. "We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar.
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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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December 22, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - Zach Ertz set an Eagles franchise record with 15 catches Saturday in a 27-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. The second-year tight end was a central part of the game plan and was targeted 18 times. He also finished with a career-high 115 yards. "I would take one catch - zero catches even - for a win," Ertz said. "I hate . . . losing and it's really tough to be in this situation right now. " Ertz broke the record held by Brian Westbrook (2007) and Don Looney (1940)
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December 19, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
FIRST DOWN, from the first series. That will be Chip Kelly's focus tomorrow, when the Eagles take the field against the host Washington Redskins. In the ill-timed two-game losing streak that might have doomed the Birds' playoff hopes, the Eagles have started both games three-and-out, running just 23 first-half offensive plays against Seattle, 27 against Dallas. Last Sunday, the offense eventually got going after the team dug a 21-0 second-quarter hole, which was no way to approach a critical late-season matchup that might well have decided the NFC East title.
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