Cooper finished the 2020 season with five catches on eight targets for 73 yards in 16 games played. Cooper also served as a returner for the Panthers, taking back 20 punts for 117 yards and 18 kickoffs for 430 more. That special-teams work was where most of Cooper's value was derived, as he featured on less than 15 percent of the offensive snaps. A pending unrestricted free agent, Cooper will hope to sign with a team looking for help in the return game and at receiver.
Cooper didn't catch his lone target in Sunday's 20-13 win over Washington. Cooper played just 10 snaps on offense. While he started the year as Carolina's primary kick returner, running back Trenton Cannon has seemingly taken over that job of late. Cooper is still the team's main punt returner.
Cooper caught all three of his targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos. The 25-year-old entered Sunday with just one reception on the season, but in playing nearly 60 percent of the offensive snaps, he was able to put together easily his best performance yet while taking advantage of the absence of DJ Moore (COVID-19/ankle). Cooper's outing was highlighted by a 32-yard catch in the fourth quarter, marking Carolina's longest play of the day. As the Panthers' No. 3 receiver until Moore is able to return, Cooper will hope to keep his production up Saturday against the Packers.
Cooper caught his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Falcons. Cooper hadn't been targeted in Carolina's first four games, mainly sticking to return duties, but in playing just under a quarter of the offensive snaps Sunday, he was able to get off the mark with a reception. Such limited involvement severely caps Cooper's fantasy value, but he at least made the stat sheet in Week 5.
Cooper is signing a one-year contract with the Panthers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Primarily known as a return specialist, Cooper actually got a good bit of run on offense with the Cardinals last season, catching 25 of 33 targets for 243 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. He'll probably be the fourth or fifth wide receiver in Carolina, but it isn't out of the question that he could challenge fellow new addition Seth Roberts for the No. 3 job.
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