Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper caught two passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Washington Huskies . In an unexpected turn of events, Cooper led the Eagles in receiving Sunday. He caught Sam Bradford 's longest throw of the season, a 62-yard bomb of a touchdown, in the third quarter.
Cooper, long viewed to be an afterthought in the Eagles' passing game, has proved surprisingly relevant through four weeks. He's only picked up five catches for 97 yards and one touchdown so far, but for owners in need of deep wide receiver options, Cooper has looked more useful than early returns suggested.
Cooper suffered a thumb injury.
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Cooper entered the game with just one touchdown all season, and he hadn't topped 50 yards since Week 8 at Arizona. Matthews, a rookie, had seemingly overtaken him in the pecking order, but now Matthews has averaged just 33.0 receiving yards in his last four games.
The bigger upset for Cooper in Week 16 was outperforming Maclin, who had four catches for 62 yards. Maclin had only one fewer target than Cooper, though, and still finished with more yardage, so you have little reason to believe Cooper is now the preferred option. He and Matthews may be 2A and 2B, though, which makes both hard to trust Week 17 at the Giants.
Cooper came down with a 3-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and a 16-yard grab in the end zone in the fourth quarter. He was targeted seven times and finished with five grabs for 53 yards and two scores. He has 53 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Cooper will look to end the regular season on a high note Week 17 against the Giants.
Maclin's highlight came courtesy of a bad decision by his defender, who went for an interception despite having no help behind him. Maclin hauled in the catch and then followed a teammate blocking the one defender remaining between him and the goal line but was dragged down at the one-yard line on the 72-yard play.
The Eagles will look to rebound against the Redskins in Week 16.
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