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Eagles’ Riley Cooper ineffective in his first start replacing Jeremy Maclin

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper had a lot of pressure on him on Monday night. He struggled mightily.

Cooper had just two receptions in the game against the Washington Redskins. While Michael Vick was passing the football around like it was a hot potato, Cooper could only muster 14 receiving yards on the two receptions.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper stands on the field before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars
Riley Cooper stands on the field before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

Yet, he was targeted six times in the biggest game of his four-year career. He has the No. 2 receiver label in Philadelphia but is not worthy of having that role right now after this performance.

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Cooper has been a backup for the first three years of his career. He played in 40 games under Andy Reid, before making the start for Chip Kelly.

In 2011, he had 16 receptions for 315 yards. With the way he is going, it is going to be a while before he has a chance to potentially break 300 yards on the season.

In June, Cooper was caught using the n-word on video at a Kenny Chesney concert. Then, he was thrust into the starting lineup to replace Jeremy Maclin.

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Maclin went down in training camp in July with a torn ACL and will miss the entire season. But in Cooper’s first start since replacing his friend, he was rather ineffective.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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