Cooper is 6’4″ and weighs 225 pounds and has done a good job of digesting the west coast offense so far.¬† He is the one rookie wide receiver out here for the OTA’s who has been consistent.
Despite the fact that he said he’s not counting how many wide receivers the Eagles are going keep, you and I know the youngsters realizes he has a tough battle ahead of him.¬† He seems to be a focused young man and I expect him to have a good shot at making this football team.
He seems to operate well inside which isn’t a surprise when you consider his size.¬† I like the way he squares off at the end of his curl and hook routes in order to give his quarterback a good target, then he comes back to the ball.
This is going to be important going forward because Cooper isn’t going to be outrunning defensive backs in this league, so he’ll need to be fundamentally sound in every way in order to get open, consistently.
He catches everything that hits his hands which will be extremely important if he’s going to be making a living catching balls in traffic. Like his teammate Jason Avant, he has to be willing to take a hit to make a catch.
The Birds need a wide receiver, who can be a factor in the red zone and Cooper may have the size and sure hands to do just that.¬† He also has the ability jump which will be another factor when trying to come down with the football in the red zone.
He’s not a burner but he has been able to get behind some of the defensive backs at these OTA workouts.¬† Cooper isn’t going to be beating NFL cornerbacks deep on a consistent basis but he’ll be fine as long as he uses his size when the ball is in the air.
He should have the “Michael Irvin”mindset of pushing defensive backs around until the referee calls an offensive pass interference penalty.¬† He’ll find out that the refs will let a wide receiver get away with robbery as long as they do it every time.
Cooper is also willing to play special teams, which could be the difference in him making the team or not.¬† If he’s willing to cover kicks and block on returns, he might have himself a job in the fall.
His battle with Baskett will be an interesting story in this summer’s training camp.