Riley Cooper finally broke out of his season long funk on Sunday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. In his home state of Florida Cooper hauled in four catches for a whopping 120 yards as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-20.
Cooper seems to have a better rapport with quarterback Nick Foles than he did Michael Vick. Foles targeted Cooper early and often as he took advantage of his one-on-one match-up with Bucs rookie cornerback Jonathan Banks.
Cooper abused the young rook for much of the afternoon. He beat him deep twice including on a 47-yard touchdown bomb that was a dime from Foles to Cooper. Hopefully, Cooper can build on this game.
The Eagles are dying for a receiving threat opposite DeSean Jackson to keep defenses honest. Cooper hadn’t been that guy the first five weeks of the season, and this had fans calling for GM Howie Roseman to pull off a trade for someone like Josh Gordon who could help in the passing game.
With two vertical threats this opens up the field for Jackson to do so many more things. It also forces opposing safeties not to always cheat to Jackson’s side to help out deep on him.
Cooper did his hometown proud on this afternoon. He has been an excellent blocker and special teams player, but until this day he had failed to make many plays in the down field passing game. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for the young wide out. The Eagles certainly need it to be.