Can the Philadelphia Eagles Rely on Riley Cooper as Jeremy Maclin's Replacement?

By Dan Parzych

Expectations are high for the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2013 season after turning out to be one of the biggest disappointments of 2012 with a 4-12 record–which is extremely disappointing since they started the year off with a 3-1 record. Unfortunately, it will be even more difficult for the Eagles to bounce back after Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL during practice on Saturday–leaving the team at a disadvantage at the wide receiver position.

One player Philadelphia hopes will be able to take their game to the next level–Riley Cooper.

Obviously, Cooper is nowhere near the effective level as Maclin, but the wideout has shown potential over his first three seasons, but unfortunately he isn’t as experienced as Maclin–so there’s no telling what to expect from Cooper during the 2013 season. Only one thing is certain though–which is Cooper will do whatever it takes to take advantage of the opportunity.

As mentioned before, Cooper showed potential at times during the 2012 season after starting five games for the Eagles, but whether or not he can handle the pressure of filling in for Maclin is a different story. There are plenty of wide receivers still available through free agency, but Philadelphia has made it clear they want Maclin’s replacement to come from within the team.

This may be Cooper’s best opportunity to show off what he’s capable of as a wide receiver in the NFL–so let’s hope the wideout takes advantage of the opportunity and makes a huge impact in the Eagles’ passing game during the 2013 season.

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