By Peter Gleason
So, can Riley Cooper keep his mouth shut and his hands open?
The controversial WR had a 2013 good enough to warrant a nice contract, but his 2014 has everyone wondering:
Why didn’t Chip Kelly cut him back in September 2013 when his racist comments at a Kenny Chesney concert were exposed?
The Eagles gave him a five-year, $22.5 million deal last offseason on the strength of what was honestly a pretty underwhelming season; 47 catches for 835 yards and eight scores as a full-time starter in a high-powered attack like Philly’s just isn’t that impressive.
Even worse, he really had only three big games that season, and the biggest (139 yards, three touchdowns) came against the lowly Raiders. And this is all without considering his infamous moment of off-field racism.
He responded by catching 55 passes for 577 yards as a full-time starter last year, and with the Eagles having shifted their spending on offense toward running backs, Cooper will be stuck in a meaningful role again in 2015.