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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.
|Ertz poised for breakout season -- Wed Aug 27 3:00 am --|
Philly evolving without DeSean Jackson
|Zach Ertz was eased into the offense as a rookie last season by coach Chip Kelly. He played 36 percent of the offensive snaps in the Eagles' first eight games and 45 percent in the final eight. As Ertz gained experience last season, Kelly went to more two-tight end sets. The Eagles used two- and three-tight end formations only 17.5 percent of the time in the first eight games, but 37.7 percent in the last eight. "You knew when you watched him in college that he had the chance to be something special," Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that."
FF Today's Take: With an expanded role in 2014, Zach Ertz should take another step forward in overall production. However, he will have to fight for targets in an offense that also includes two capable receivers out of the backfield and a healthy Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper on the outside.
|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.