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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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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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October 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Nick Foles is building a database. A database of mistakes that he hopes to learn from, grow from, and not repeat. Seven games into a season that still could be special or still could be heartbreaking, that database is starting to swell. Foles threw two more interceptions yesterday and had a late-comeback drive come up 16 yards short in a 24-20 loss to the Cardinals. He set a franchise record for completions (36) and recorded the third 400-yard passing game of his career.
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December 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Until the Eagles' final, pointless drive, Riley Cooper had one catch. For zero yards. You read that right. The Eagles receiver was hardly the lone culprit in the Eagles' deflating, 38-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. But he's as good a target as anyone, especially when you consider his disappointing season. When the locker room opened for media access after the game, Cooper was not available. Last week after the Seahawks loss, he feigned a leg cramp when a few reporters tried to ask questions.
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December 12, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE 49ERS beat them, and the Eagles knew they let one slip through Riley Cooper's hands in Santa Clara. The Cardinals squeaked out a win in the desert, and the Eagles came away sure that, once their young receivers became seasoned, the result would be different. The Packers humiliated them in Wisconsin, and the Eagles could not wait to get another shot. Then the Seahawks flew east and, with little difficulty, beat the Birds by 10 points. Since Sunday's loss, the Eagles just haven't seemed right.
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December 11, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
JASON KELCE calls Riley Cooper a "good friend. " Kelce, the Eagles' center and most honest man in Philadelphia sports, yesterday endured this sequence of conversation: With the press, Riley Cooper can be eloquent and introspective and thoughtful. "Yeah. " And, sometimes, incredibly rude and dismissive and insulting. "Yeah. " That can be an indication of a maturity level, and of personality. "Yeah. " Have you seen him change? "Through my 4 years here with Riley, he's definitely matured a great deal.
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December 11, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
What is it about Riley Cooper? The Eagles defend him as if he were accused of a crime he didn't commit and they were the law firm of Darrow, Cochran, & Dershowitz. He had 47 receptions last season and already has 46 through 13 games this season. That's good. The rest . . . hmmm. His yards-per-catch average has plummeted, from 17.8 last season to 10.2 this one. He has caught one touchdown in 2014 after catching eight in 2013. He has ticked off teammate Jeremy Maclin by making a joke about Maclin's contract situation.
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December 11, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SUNDAY'S DISMAL offensive showing against the Seattle Seahawks doesn't seem to have shaken Mark Sanchez's faith in himself, or his teammates' faith in the quarterback who took over for injured Nick Foles 5 weeks ago. The Eagles had three possessions in the fourth quarter of the 24-14 loss, as their defense fought to keep them within striking distance. They generated 8 net yards; one of the possessions, set up by a potential game-turning fumble recovery, ended after one snap because Sanchez badly underthrew Riley Cooper and was intercepted.
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December 10, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly continued to support Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who had three catches for 13 yards Sunday in a 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Kelly has routinely stood up for Cooper throughout the season when asked about the player's production. Cooper has made 46 catches for 470 yards this season. Kelly pointed out that Cooper had 47 catches all of last season. But Cooper also averaged 17.8 yards per catch with eight touchdowns last season. This year, Cooper has averaged 10.2 yards per catch and one touchdown.
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December 10, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY would have you believe he has no idea that Nick Foles' next collarbone exam is scheduled just after this Sunday's game against Dallas. I'm gonna say maybe he does. Against Seattle, Kelly called plays like a man who was trying to win despite his quarterback, not because of his quarterback. In the NFL, the second scenario generally works better. It did for the Seahawks. Lost in the euphoria of the Eagles' 33-10 Thanksgiving devastation of Dallas was the fact that Mark Sanchez threw the ball more than 20 yards downfield twice.
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December 10, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIRD-AND-LONG was a huge part of the Eagles' loss to Seattle Sunday. Overall, the Eagles converted two of 11 third downs, the Seahawks converted seven of 16. Faced with third and 6 yards or longer, the Eagles failed to convert all seven times they were in the situation, while the Seahawks converted five such scenarios; they were four of six in the first half. The Eagles' third-down playcalling was very conservative, perhaps expressing Chip Kelly's limited faith in the skills of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
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December 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles were unlikely to beat the Seahawks if they could generate only 57 rushing yards, so when they were held to so few on the ground it wasn't a surprise that the passing game was ineffective against the Legion of Boom. But did their receivers have to be so thoroughly dominated in the Seahawks' 24-14 win over the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field? Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and Jordan Matthews were targeted 16 times and caught only eight passes for 77 yards. Richard Sherman is probably the best cornerback in the NFL, as Chip Kelly said after the game.
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December 4, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez has completed 63.4 percent of his passes this season, which is a significant improvement from his four seasons with the Jets. But he is still not completely satisfied with his accuracy, even though he never had a completion percentage better than 56.7 in New York. He wants it to be closer to his preseason, when he completed 80.7 percent of his passes. That might not be realistic - the top 10 quarterbacks in the league are between 65.1 and 70.3 percent - but Sanchez thinks there have been incompletions that should have been completions.
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