Can Riley Cooper Take The Next Step For Philadelphia Eagles?

By Ryan Wenzell
Riley Cooper Philadelphia Eagles 2014
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Riley Cooper exploded onto the scene last season by recording 835 receiving yards and hauling in eight touchdowns as he became Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles’ favorite target down the stretch last season. The real question is can Cooper build on this and become a consistent threat as a No. 2 or possibly even No. 1 option?

The Eagles certainly think so. They paid him handsomely, as Cooper landed a five-year, $22 million contract from the club.

While Cooper was certainly brilliant at times last season, this was his first full year of consistent production. Many may see that five-year commitment as premature, but the Eagles are banking that the young Cooper will continue to improve his craft and strengthen his rapport with the emerging star in Foles.

Cooper will certainly see more coverage rolled his way with the absence of DeSean Jackson as a deep threat. But he will have his other partner in crime back in Jeremy Maclin who should thrive in Chip Kelly‘s offensive attack.

The Eagles are banking a lot on Maclin and Cooper. With the departures of Jackson and longtime Eagle Jason Avant there is hardly any depth behind those two. One has to assume Howie Roseman and company will address that heavily come the draft in May.

Regardless, Cooper and Maclin will be the focal points. How will both and specifically Cooper handle being the man? Time will tell, but you can bet Kelly is already scheming up ways to get the emerging Cooper open this coming season.

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