By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Riley Cooper had a lot of pressure on him on Monday night.
Cooper, a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, was caught using the n-word on video at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Then, he was thrust into the starting lineup to replace Jeremy Maclin.
In July, Maclin went down in training camp with a torn ACL and will miss the entire season. But in Cooper’s first start since replacing his friend, he was rather ineffective.
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.
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.
Cooper has been a back up for the first three years of his career. He has 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.