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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 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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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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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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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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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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July 29, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY ascribes to the Ricky Bobby if-you're-not-first-you're-last philosophy. He found no solace at all in the fact that the Eagles won 10 games for the second straight year last season. They failed to make the playoffs, and as far as he was concerned, that translated to total failure. "Finishing 10-6 and not going to the playoffs is just like going 4-12," Kelly said last month in an hour-long interview with a group of reporters. "I didn't feel we were close at the end of the year.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Huff caught the pass in stride 20 yards downfield on a crossing route. With the ball in his hands, he burst ahead looking for a defender to plow over. But each defensive back peeled off and Huff jogged back to the sideline unable to unleash his fury. In minicamp, practices are no more than touch football and physical wide receivers such as Huff don't get opportunities to display their wares. But the Eagles don't have to worry about Huff with the ball in his hands. It's making sure it gets there and stays.
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June 19, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
JORDAN MATTHEWS was ticked. He had run the sideline pass route cleanly, but the ball arrived a little late and a little high, and by the time he jumped and extended all of his 6-3 frame to haul it in, a defensive back was upon him and there was no room to run. And thus, no first down. So, as Matthews ran from the field, the sound of his frustration carried out across the practice fields of the NovaCare Complex. Carried, literally, into the streets. "That's nothing," he said after the second day of minicamp had come to an end. "That's just competing.
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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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May 30, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The odd thing about racial issues is that they are rarely black and white, and the gray areas can cause huge and incendiary differences of opinion. For proof, we offer the latest racially charged controversy involving Chip Kelly. The Eagles coach said Thursday that he was not hurt by the accusations made against him by his former running back LeSean McCoy earlier this month during an interview with ESPN The Magazine. His actions, however, said otherwise. "I reached out to him twice and he didn't accept my call, and then I talked to his agent [Drew Rosenhaus]
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May 15, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Everyone had better be careful now. This is the reality of an NFL leadership group that just suspended the league's most famous and accomplished star for favoring a softer football and failing to come clean about his preference. This is the consequence of Roger Goodell's Inspector Javert act not just against Tom Brady but Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and the entire New England Patriots organization: a first-round draft pick, a fourth-round draft pick, a $1 million fine, the loss of Brady for four games next season.
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May 15, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
IT ISN'T EVERY day a writer gets to talk about Ahmad Rashad as a segue into a relevant topic, so forgive me if I ask that we all don our favorite hoop earring, cue up a classic edition of "Jam Session," and try to guess the last University of Oregon wide receiver selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Hint: It's Ahmad Rashad. This was 1972, before Rashad married Claire Huxtable, before he hosted "NBA Inside Stuff," heck, before his name was Ahmad Rashad (it was Bobby Moore)
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May 11, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
WRITING this column has filled me with respect, admiration and even awe for the sports writers of the Daily News. First, because I think they combine to produce, day in and day out, the best sports section in the country, and secondly, because they write several days a week or, in some cases, every day. I often find it difficult to come up with a topic once every two weeks! At the beginning of this week, I couldn't think of anything interesting enough for a full column. Then I get up Wednesday morning and - boom!
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May 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles and first-round pick Nelson Agholor agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, making the former Southern California wide receiver the fourth of the Eagles' six draft picks to reach a deal. It came one day before all Eagles rookies take part in a rookie minicamp this weekend. The Eagles need to sign only third-round pick Jordan Hicks and sixth-round pick JaCorey Shepherd to complete their rookie contracts. Agholor will receive $9.4 million, including a $5.1 million signing bonus.
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May 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
MAYBE LESEAN McCoy is right. Maybe Chip Kelly is a racist. Maybe he isn't. To paraphrase Proverbs, if the purposes of a man's heart are like deep water, then Chip Kelly's pool is as opaque as onyx. Nobody can figure out why Kelly likes guys with bad knees, much less whether Kelly prefers players who need more sunscreen. One reality: If Riley Cooper had been cut after his racist remark surfaced in 2013, then Kelly's profile would be different. However, Cooper's retention and subsequent contract extension are more owner Jeffrey Lurie's issue than Kelly's.
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