What would a Philadelphia Eagles offseason be like without Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver, Riley Cooper, making the headlines. This offseason, is for a different reason and will only reacquire medical treatment rather than sensitivity training.
Recent reports have indicated that Cooper is currently in a walking boot after suffering a minor foot injury. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has said that it is only precautionary and that Cooper shouldn’t be out more than a few days. It was also reported that Maclin sat out the second half of practice for unknown reasons.
Cooper had a huge season last year and Maclin needs to prove that he can be the number one guy. Given the Eagles depth at the wide receiver position, or lack thereof, the fact that this is only a minor foot injury is good news in Philadelphia.
Although it may be good news in Philadelphia, it may not be good news to Cooper. In this year’s draft the Eagles drafted wide receiver Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt in the second round. Matthews has spent a lot of time working with the number two offense on team drills.
In the NFL it’s all about “the next man up” and taking advantage of your opportunities. This may just be one of those moments for Matthews. The rookie wide receiver has impressed with his hands, his veteran attitude and his tremendous size. Not to mention the reports of his non-stop motor. Now it’s time to show that he can do it against the big guys and with the number one offense.
With Maclin and Cooper out, the time for Matthews to shine and build a chemistry with Foles is right now. Although Matthews was drafted in the second round, he is one of the more promising rookies that the Eagles drafted, and with the absence of DeSean Jackson, many are expecting the young receiver to step in and fill that role.
For wide receivers the adjustment from college to the NFL can be quite the adjustment and can take some time, but for Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews, his time is right now.