Riley Cooper Becoming Go-To Receiver For Philadelphia Eagles

By Ryan Wenzell
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Riley Cooper had another monster afternoon with 102 receiving yards and two more touchdowns. His touchdowns were both of the long variety as he hauled in 45 and 32-yard bombs. That gives him five touchdown catches in the last two games

He is slowly but surely becoming Nick Foles‘ favorite target and the Philadelphia Eagles‘ go-to receiver. Many including myself questioned whether Cooper could even become a solid No. 2 opposite DeSean Jackson, but those questions have been answered. Cooper is showing surprising long speed. One of his perceived weaknesses was that he wasn’t a particularly fast wideout.

He is proving that to be a myth. Cooper got behind the Green Bay Packers‘ defense on multiple occasions and beat the secondary deep. The rapport between Foles and Cooper is impressive. Cooper is really thriving with the second-year signal caller under center, and he simply did not produce like this when Michael Vick was at the controls.

That is no coincidence. Foles and Cooper like playing with one another. Foles’ pinpoint accuracy and decisiveness works much better with Cooper who doesn’t always get a ton of separation from his man in the intermediate game. What we didn’t expect was for these two to hook up on as many long bombs as they have. The deep ball accuracy was said to be a weakness of Foles and getting deep was supposedly a weakness of Cooper.

The two looked to have both really improved in those areas, and Cooper is becoming the go-to guy in this offense. While Jackson is clearly the team’s most talented and explosive weapon, Cooper is being relied on for the tough catches on third down and in the red zone. They complement each other well.

Cooper has filled in admirably for Jeremy Maclin who was lost for the season in the summer. The Eagles look to finally have a wide receiving corps that other teams should fear.

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