After an incident this summer where Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was videotaped at a Kenny Chesney concert using a racial slur, many labeled the fourth-year veteran out of Florida a racist. Ten weeks into the NFL season, Cooper is now being labeled as quarterback Nick Foles’ favorite target and a budding NFL star.
Cooper has had an amazing run in his last two games. In Week Nine against the Oakland Raiders, he recorded five receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns. On Sunday against the Green Packers, Cooper’s two second-half scores were the difference in Sunday’s victory which gave the Eagles a .500 record. He finished the day with three receptions for 102 yards and those two critical touchdowns.
With Foles at the helm, Cooper has 15 catches for 393 yards and six scores in only 17 quarters. He has become a viable deep threat, despite a lack of blazing speed. His ability to create space from the defender and knack for finding the ball while it’s in the air have made up for any perceived deficiencies.
The next question will be can Cooper maintain this high level of play when starting quarterback Michael Vick returns? Vick has announced himself one to two weeks away from coming back from a hamstring injury that has had him sidelined for the better part of a month. In his first four games this season, with Vick as the starter, Cooper only recorded eight receptions for 93 yards and one score in that entire span.