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.
Cooper accrued 25 catches (on 33 targets) for 243 yards and one touchdown in 12 contests during the 2019 season.
Cooper wasn't afforded much opportunity on offense behind starting inside receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk but still made his presence felt at times. In particular, Cooper fared well on special teams, churning out 22.4 yards on 25 kickoff returns and 7.6 yards on 17 punt returns. Both of those averages ranked in the top 12 for qualified returners, but it remains to be seen if the Cardinals will retain the unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Cooper tallied two catches (on two targets) for 14 yards, five punt returns for 40 yards and four kick returns for 90 yards during Sunday's 27-13 win in Seattle.
It more or less was a pedestrian day for Cooper, but the fourth-year pro did manage season highs in yardage in both return realms. Otherwise, he failed to reach 20 receiving yards for the sixth time in 11 games in a Cardinals uniform this season. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald continue to monopolize the reps at inside receiver, leaving scraps behind for Cooper.
Cooper compiled 17 yards on one catch, minus-2 yards on one punt return and 57 yards on three kick returns during Sunday's 38-24 win against the Browns.
Aside from a 36-yard dash on the opening kickoff, Cooper didn't contribute much in this contest. Having said that, he continues to operate as the Cardinals' third inside receiver behind Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, seeing 12 of 61 offensive snaps Sunday. Cooper will maintain such a role as the team wraps up the campaign with visits to the division-rival Seahawks and Rams the next two weekends.
Cooper caught his only target for five yards while returning one punt for 29 yards and three kickoffs for 68 yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers.
Cooper ranks 13th in total kickoff return yardage (346) and 23rd in punt return yardage (91), fueling the push for his most all-purpose yards in a given season in his career. At the moment, he has 627 such yards in 13 games, which is a far cry from his 1,421 in 16 contests with the Rams back in 2017. Still, Cooper has had very little impact as a receiver this season, topping out at 35 yards in a Week 11 loss at San Francisco.
Cooper caught four of six passes for 26 yards, returned one punt for five yards and had a special-teams tackle during Sunday's 34-7 defeat to the Rams.
Since Week 5, Cooper has regularly worked as the Cardinals' third inside receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, and the trend continued following the team's Week 12 bye. Cooper has yet to record more than four catches or surpass 40 yards in a given game this season, and his biggest contribution to the team (his return prowess) has little fantasy relevance. In the end, he's a tertiary option, at best, in Arizona's passing attack.
Cooper caught three of four targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-26 loss to the 49ers.
His five-yard TD grab midway through the second quarter gave the Cards a 16-0 lead that the team would eventually squander. It was the first offensive touchdown of Cooper's career -- he did score on a kickoff return for the Rams in 2017 -- and his role in the Arizona offense continues to grow, although he remains a tertiary target for Kyler Murray behind Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald.
Cooper amassed two receptions (on five targets) for 29 yards, one punt return for two yards and two kickoff returns for 43 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss at Tampa Bay.
In addition to his return duties, Cooper continues to get reps as an inside receiver, ranking a distant third in offensive snap share (29 percent) to Christian Kirk (96 percent) and Larry Fitzgerald (79 percent). The usage isn't enough to make Cooper a worthwhile option, as his season high in receiving yards is 33, and he's yet to score a touchdown in any capacity. Still, the Cardinals seem to be committed to keeping him involved, so he has a chance to flash at some point over the final six games of the campaign.
Cooper had one punt return for eight yards and one kickoff return for 39 yards during Sunday's 31-9 loss in New Orleans.
With Christian Kirk (ankle) back in the fold, Cooper fell back to one snap on offense after averaging 21.6 such plays in the previous three games. Special teams thus was Cooper's chance to make an impact, and his lengthy kick return helped set up the Cardinals in decent enough field position for the ensuing drive to end in a made field goal. Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald are embedded as the clear inside receivers in this offense, so Cooper doesn't have much opportunity to make an impact in that realm.
Cooper paced the Cardinals with four catches (on four targets) for 29 yards during Sunday's 27-21 road victory against the Giants.
Yes, all of those stats led or tied for the team lead as Kyler Murray managed just 104 yards on 14-for-21 passing. And it didn't matter much, as the Cardinals relied on backup running back Chase Edmonds to pound the rock 27 times for 126 yards and three TDs with David Johnson (ankle) only available if the need arose. Cooper's time as a regular slot receiver may be coming to a close with Christian Kirk closing in on a return from an ankle injury, but he's still fared well as a returner, averaging 23.0 yards on five kickoffs and 7.5 yards on four punts.
Cooper posted three receptions (on four targets) for 16 yards, one rush for two yards, two kick returns for 63 yards and one punt return for three yards during Sunday's 34-33 victory versus the Falcons.
Cooper again got to run with the regular offense with Christian Kirk (ankle) sidelined for a second game in a row, working out of the slot in addition to his return duties. Moreover, Cooper even took a direct snap for a short gain on the ground. Kirk made progress in his recovery from an ankle injury with limited showings last week, so whenever he returns, he'll push Cooper back to a more specialized role.
Cooper posted two catches (on two targets) for 33 yards, two kick returns for 52 yards and two punt returns for 24 yards during Sunday's 26-23 win in Cincinnati.
In his second stint with the Cardinals, Cooper made an impact in multiple facets, the most significant a 28-yard grab down the middle late in the third quarter that helped set up a field goal. He received routes as an inside receiver with Christian Kirk (ankle) sidelined, so an extended absence from the latter would keep Cooper in an expanded role.
The Cardinals signed Cooper on Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Christian Kirk is tending to an ankle injury of unknown severity, threatening his status for Sunday's game at Cincinnati. Considering Kirk has served as the team's punt returner this season, Cooper could slot into that role right away while also acting as insurance as an inside receiver.
Cooper was waived by the Bengals on Tuesday, Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk reports.
Cooper was inactive due to a coach's decision for Cincinnati in Week 2, hinting that he did not have a defined role with the team going forward. The return specialist made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player in 2017, so he may have a role for a club looking to claim him off of waivers. If he goes unclaimed, he may end up on the Bengals' practice squad.
Cooper is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's Week 2 matchup with San Francisco, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Cooper saw just eight offensive snaps in Week 1 and his absence in Week 2 is unlikely to have any impact on the Bengals' offense. Cooper is near the end of the depth chart and is likely to see a majority of his snaps on special teams when active.
Cooper was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Cooper was let go by the Cardinals during roster cut-down day, but latched on with Cincinnati before too long. The veteran could find himself in a special teams role during Week 1, but he faces an uphill battle for any sort of role in the offense with a plethora of players ahead of him on the depth chart.
Cooper was released by the Cardinals on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Cooper's departure leaves T.J. Logan and Christian Kirk as the top return options in Arizona. The 2016 fourth-round pick will search for a role on special teams elsewhere in the league.
Cooper is active for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Cooper will attempt to get payback less than a week removed from his former employer cutting him loose. He likely hasn't had a enough time in the system to get reps in a receiving corps that's highly lackluster outside of Larry Fitzgerald. However, Cooper's All-Pro pedigree as a returner could be on full display.
The Cardinals claimed Cooper off waivers Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Cut loose by the Rams a day earlier, Cooper quickly found a new home in the NFC West. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist last season, but he played a role in two turnovers during a playoff loss to Atlanta, then dealt with an ankle injury for much of 2018. The woeful Cardinals have nothing to lose by giving Cooper a look on special teams.
The Rams waived Cooper on Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
After emerging from the regular-season opener with an ankle injury, Cooper spent the next nine weeks on injured reserve. Since his return Week 11, he primarily served as a kick returner, bringing out 10 at a clip of 20.2 yards per run back. That's a far cry from his league-leading mark of 27.4 in 2017, and with Todd Gurley (knee) and Justin Davis (shoulder) injured at the moment, Cooper appears to be a roster casualty in order to bolster the backfield for the short term. JoJo Natson will act as the Rams' kick and punt returner for the rest of the campaign.
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