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|The Eagles 5th round pick in the 2010 draft, Cooper has made some plays when given the opportunity but unfortunately not nearly enough of them. Given a decent amount of playing time last season when injuries beset the Eagles receiving corps, Cooper finished the year with 16 receptions for a nifty 315 yards and a score. Not bad. Not so impressive was his completion to target percentage which checked in at 45.7%, his second consecutive sub-50% season. Cooperís solid size and decent speed make him a good option on deep passes, hence his 19.7 yards per reception figure from last season. However, he struggles to get open on underneath routes and has a limited upside. He isnít worth drafting in standard leagues and may be usurped on the depth chart by rookie 6th round pick Marvin McNutt, rendering him a slight dynasty league prospect also.
|Jordan Matthews "could be a star in the future" -- Thu Jul 17 4:25 pm --|
Drawing comparisons for sporting T.O.-like physique
|The Eagles' additions are intriguing. RB Darren Sproles figures to be as versatile and unpredictable under Chip Kelly as he was in New Orleans for Sean Payton. Second-round draft pick WR Jordan Matthews had people at OTAs comparing his physique to that of Terrell Owens and could be a star in the future. Meanwhile, TE Zach Ertz is expected to take that key second-season leap in production and reliability. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Comparing Matthews' physique to Terrell Owens' is a bit of preseason hyperbole, but fantasy owners would be wise to not underestimate the potential for the SEC's all-time leading receiver to contribute in his first year. He'll start out as the main slot receiver, but could easily knock Riley Cooper out of a starting job by midseason.
|Maclin filling DeSean Jackson's old role -- Fri May 30 4:20 pm --|
Eagles not holding oft-injured WR back in workouts
|Eagles HC Chip Kelly believes Jeremy Maclin can provide enough production, and he hasn't been shy about pumping him up. Asked if the 26-year-old Maclin could be his No. 1 receiver, Kelly said: "Doesn't matter. He's the No. 1 guy today."
Last year, the coach emphasized that there wasn't a passing pecking order. But the Eagles want to see how Maclin can handle the pressure of being the team's top downfield option. The Eagles aren't holding Maclin back in workouts. He has lined up on the right in DeSean Jackson's old spot opposite Riley Cooper. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FF Today's Take: Coming off his second ACL surgery, Maclin should not be expected to pick right up where Jackson left off in 2013, but the Eagles probably don't need him to produce at that level either with rookie Jordan Matthews now in the fold. Regardless, Maclin should be the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in this offense and should be a strong fantasy WR3 at the very least this season.