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Thu, 23 May 2013 15:21:26 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly confirmed that he prefers larger and taller players at most positions on his team, but he's in favor of protecting his smaller players like WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson touched the ball progressively less in each of his five NFL seasons in part because the team worried about keeping him healthy. Jackson only played in five games last year because of fractured ribs and only scored one touchdown. He hopes he can go back to being extremely productive in the team's new offense with larger players creating mismatches for their opponents. "I'm challenging myself to be able to play every position," said Jackson, who's been hinting all offseason that he could be lining up in the backfield as well. "There might be a play or a different position where I normally would not line up or be in, but the leeway of the offense gives us the opportunity to go inside and outside and things like that, so I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to learn the whole offense and be in different spaces throughout the game."
Twelve of the team's receivers on the roster are 6-foot-1 or taller, including WRs Arrelious Benn (6-foot-6), Greg Salas (6-foot-1) and Riley Cooper (6-foot-3). Kelly hopes to make opponents pay if they decide to double team Jackson or jam him at the line of scrimmage. Having bigger receivers outside to block should also help the running game. WR Russell Shepard, an undrafted rookie, will have the same opportunity as Benn to prove himself. "I was on the front line on kickoffs, I played running back, I played quarterback, I played receiver," Shepard said. "So (the versatility) is giving me more of an opportunity of making this 53-man roster."
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners should expect Kelly to try and involve Jackson more in an offense that should cater to Jackson's wishes to touch the ball more often and score more frequently. Jackson has been a frustrating play in point-per-reception formats in his career, but that could be changing. Until we know more about how he may be involved in this new scheme, consider him a midrange No. 3 wideout.
Fri, 17 May 2013 15:06:27 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles WRs Riley Cooper and Arrelious Benn may have to compete for one roster spot during training camp. Both are bigger receivers that can block and play special teams.
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:14:07 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jason Avant (hamstring), TE Brent Celek (concussion), S Kurt Coleman (chest), WR Riley Cooper (knee), CB Brandon Hughes (lung contusion) and G Evan Mathis (ankle) all fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 21, and are probable for Week 16.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:08:26 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jason Avant (hamstring), S Kurt Coleman (chest), WR Riley Cooper (knee), CB Brandon Hughes (lung), OG Evan Mathis (ankle), RB Chris Polk (toe) and QB Michael Vick (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 20.
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:49:56 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper (knee), LS Jon Dorenbos (ankle), OT King Dunlap (knee), RB Stanley Havili (ankle) and OG Danny Watkins (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 30, and are probable for Week 13.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:10:06 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles FB Stanley Havili (ankle), WR Riley Cooper (knee) and OT King Dunlap (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:04:43 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper will start on the outside in place of WR DeSean Jackson (ribs). WR Jason Avant will move back into the slot in Week 13.
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:56:21 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper (knee) and RB Stanley Havili (ankle) both fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:13:41 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin had five receptions for a team-high 55 yards in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers. WR Damaris Johnson managed two grabs for 13 yards, while WR DeSean Jackson (sternum) was limited to one grab for nine yards before leaving early due to injury. WR Riley Cooper also got onto the stat sheet with one grab for seven yards.
Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:31:13 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper (knee), OG Danny Watkins (ankle) and DT Cullen Jenkins (ankle, foot) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 24, and are listed as probable for Week 12.
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