Riley Cooper had a banner year in Chip Kelly‘s offense. He put up career-highs in receiving yards and touchdown catches as he thrived in Kelly’s up-tempo attack.
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver also benefited from the quarterback change. Cooper formed a real rapport with Nick Foles as the two seemed to really click on the field. Foles targeted him far more often than Michael Vick did, and his precise accuracy helped out the big big-bodied receiver.
It raises the question was this just a really good year for Cooper or can he do this on a consistent basis? Is Cooper a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver or is he good enough to be a second option?
These are all questions for Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and company to answer as Cooper is a pending free agent. So is fellow receiver Jeremy Maclin. Right now the only starting receiver the Eagles have under contract is DeSean Jackson. What direction do they go at receiver?
Is it possible they let both Cooper and Maclin go and look in the draft for replacements? I say no. The Eagles know they have two young, productive receivers in Maclin and Cooper. They should make every attempt to lock up both.
The Eagles have a ton of needs on defense, and they can’t afford right now to be pouring more draft picks into the wide receiver spot, especially early on. Things like pass rusher, safety and depth at cornerback are higher up on the wish list.
My bet is we will be seeing Cooper in midnight green for a long time.