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.

22 responses to “Riley Cooper trying out for Buccaneers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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”

  11. 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.

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

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

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