Is Riley Cooper Better Fit Than Maclin In Chip Kelly’s System?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Friday, December 13th, 2013
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer penned an article which identified a huge decision the Eagles will have next year at the wide receiver position. Both Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper have contracts which expire before the 2014 season begins.
Which one do you bring back?
Do you bring back Maclin, who was a number one draft pick and has been ahead of Cooper throughout their years together here in Philadelphia? The team will have to decide how much they believe Maclin will return to the player he was before being injured. Will he be as fast and elusive?
Do you bring back Cooper who seems to be a great fit in the Chip Kelly offense? Cooper is an outstanding blocker and he’s shown the ability to make plays on the ball.
Here are Maclin’s numbers so far in his career. During his rookie year in 2009, Maclin caught 56 passes for 773 yards and 4 touchdowns. In 2010, he improved to 70 catches for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2011, he caught 63 passes for 859 yards and 5 touchdowns. Last season in 2012, Maclin caught 69 passes for 857 yards and 7 touchdowns.
He has been a very effective number two receiver and he’s only 25 years old, so he probably has plenty of football ahead of him.
The other guy in this story is Cooper, who hadn’t done much during his career with the Eagles until Nick Foles took over at the quarterback position. He has been on fire since then.
In the last eight games, the former Tim Tebow target has Cooper has come down with 29 catches for 621 yard and six touchdowns. Cooper has proven to be one of the best receivers in the league at adjusting to the ball once it’s in the air. He’s a great fit for this system and he has a chemistry to Foles.
Of course you could bring both of them back, but which one will start and who will get the majority of the playing time. Will Cooper’s chemistry with Foles make him the starter?
It’s a good problem to have.
I personally believe both of them will be brought back because I don’t see anybody giving big money to Maclin until he proves he’s his old self, unless it is Big Red in Kansas City.
I could see Maclin flourishing in this offense because he’s a good blocker and a good runner with the ball after the catch.
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