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Riley Cooper trying out for Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers are holding their rookie minicamp this weekend, but they are also reportedly taking a look at a more seasoned player.

The team announced that former Eagles wideout Riley Cooper is trying out over the weekend.

Cooper was released by the Eagles last February and did not catch on with another team during the 2016 season. Cooper parleyed 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2013 season into a five-year deal the next year and had 55 catches in 2014 before dropping to 21 catches in his last year on the field.

That drop in production came as Chip Kelly, who stuck with Cooper after he was captured on video making racial slurs at a 2013 concert, was on his way out in Philly, so Cooper’s departure didn’t come as a great surprise. The Bucs added DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin at receiver this offseason and have Mike Evans and Adam Humphries back, but there’s likely going to be another receiver or two on their 53-man roster.

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22 Responses to “Riley Cooper trying out for Buccaneers”
  1. mcjon22 says: May 5, 2017 12:38 PM

    Sure, why not

  2. BIGGSHAUN says: May 5, 2017 12:40 PM

    Yeah. No thanks.

  3. eazeback says: May 5, 2017 12:40 PM

    im sure he wont be throwing around the N word at camp

  4. dlw492 says: May 5, 2017 12:47 PM

    Good luck with how your “teammates” perceive you

  5. angrydave38 says: May 5, 2017 12:52 PM

    Had to mention the ‘racial slurs’ part. Just couldn’t forgive forget and move on from that.

    At some point in time every person regardless of age/gender/ethnicity will make disparaging remarks about another person of a different age/gender/ethnicity.

    Get over it. It was 4 years ago. Nobody got hurt.

  6. angrydave38 says: May 5, 2017 1:02 PM

    He is a dispicable person because he said something stupid when he was 23 and drunk at a concert.

    Meanwhile half of NFL players spend their free time in strip clubs and knocking up 10 different women per season – but they are “good” guys.

  7. learysdisciples says: May 5, 2017 1:02 PM

    What would Calvin Hennick do?

  8. jonwill57 says: May 5, 2017 1:27 PM

    @mcjon22 says:
    May 5, 2017 12:38 PM

    Sure, why not
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The better question is WHY?

  9. kayes says: May 5, 2017 1:28 PM

    Why would they have any interest in him? He was the worst receiver in the league in 2015 and was out of the league for a year. He must even suck more now.

  10. bkostela says: May 5, 2017 1:43 PM

    He’s feexin’ to fight ’em

  11. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 5, 2017 1:43 PM

    to be sure, the front office ran this by desean, who played with cooper. of course, this was prior to little chipper making another of his genius personnel moves by giving away the only deep threat he had, while signing cooper to more money than anyone in the league thought he deserved. this was followed by trading shady even up for kiko alonso, and giving the rams extra picks in the foles-bradford deal. all of which left little chipper unemployed, though not unpaid.

  12. bkostela says: May 5, 2017 1:45 PM

    angrydave38 says:
    May 5, 2017 12:52 PM
    Had to mention the ‘racial slurs’ part. Just couldn’t forgive forget and move on from that.

    At some point in time every person regardless of age/gender/ethnicity will make disparaging remarks about another person of a different age/gender/ethnicity.

    Get over it. It was 4 years ago. Nobody got hurt.
    _________________________

    Donald Sterling had the same response.

  13. cafetero1075 says: May 5, 2017 2:19 PM

    Everyone has thrown around the N word at one point in their life. People complaining probably use it all the time. I never use it though.

  14. milkmandanimal says: May 5, 2017 2:32 PM

    The team already has Mike Evans, Cameron Brate, and Adam Humphries from last year, signed Desean Jackson in the off-season, and drafted both O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin. Tampa does not really strike me as the kind of place a so-so veteran WR has much of a chance to catch on.

  15. bobbyhoying says: May 5, 2017 3:48 PM

    Cooper played for Florida and, despite robot journalists’ fixation with the video, might just be friends with DeSean Jackson. DeSean might have even (gasp) endorsed him.

  16. JameisWillTakeUsToThePromiseLand says: May 5, 2017 4:33 PM

    This is the last thing the Bucs need. Evans, Godwin, D Jax and Humphries. Could care less about the remarks he made years ago. He does not possess any value.

  17. binarymath says: May 5, 2017 5:07 PM

    He’s a lot like Mike Evans. A much slower Mike Evans. With bad hands. Who struggles to get off the line against even the smallest DBs. Come to think of it, he’s NOTHING like Mike Evans.

    He was a one-trick pony in Philly. Run an imprecise corner route and then not compete for the ball. Evans, Brate, and Howard can all run that play better than Cooper.

    On the plus side, he was a decent run blocker. But on this Bucs team, they might as well skip a jersey number and just give him a shirt that says “we’re going to run the ball”

  18. genericcommenter says: May 5, 2017 5:30 PM

    Seems pretty unseasoned to me.

  19. cuda1234 says: May 5, 2017 6:32 PM

    Bucs need wr’s, Cooper is a Floridian and a Gator, why not, indeed. And just because he’s white doesn’t make him slow. He might be able to keep up with D-Jax and he’d smoke Mike Evans.

  20. cuda1234 says: May 5, 2017 6:33 PM

    He’s on a team with Desean Jackson and Jameis Winston but it’s Cooper who’s the bad guy?

  21. smartcollegefootball says: May 5, 2017 10:28 PM

    I am sure Trump can get him a job at the White House

  22. golions1 says: May 6, 2017 9:47 PM

    Obviously saying the N word is far worse than punching a woman in the face and breaking multiple bones.

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