Riley Cooper likely a long shot to make the team in Tampa

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Receiver Riley Cooper, out of football for a full season, has received a chance to make the team in Tampa. It’s a chance in theory; it’s a long shot in reality.

The Buccaneers currently have an abundance of receivers, from Mike Evans to DeSean Jackson to Adam Humphries to rookie Chris Godwin to seven other players already deemed good enough to have spots on the 90-man roster. If Cooper has made a significant impression on coach Dirk Koetter, Koetter is keeping his cards close to the vest.

“Well, you could tell that he’s played,” Koetter told reporters on Saturday regarding Cooper. “You can tell that he’s played in the NFL and he’s played for a while. These guys — obviously when you bring guys from a whole bunch of colleges and they’re a little bit nervous, and they’re learning a new system, I mean, he’s played football in the NFL. That stands out for sure.”

More than that will need to stand out for Cooper to get a job. For his part, Cooper has a positive attitude.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m sure excited about it and I’m trying to make the best of it,” Cooper said, via the team’s official website. “Go out there, try to make some plays, run around and kind of spread my knowledge to maybe some of the younger guys if I can be of any help. I’m a hometown Tampa boy, so it’s cool to be back.

“I just kept grinding and grinding and the opportunity is finally here and you’ve got to make the best of it. There’s a lot of guys. There’s 90 guys fighting for 53 spots and we will see how it goes. But, I’m really excited and all of the wideouts in the room that I’ve met so far are really good dudes.”

If nothing else, Cooper’s name is back on the radar screen for other NFL teams, if they have both a need and a plan for dealing with the elephant that always will be in the room whenever Cooper is around.

26 responses to “Riley Cooper likely a long shot to make the team in Tampa

  1. If you’re an NFL player, you’ve learned to get along with all sorts of people who don’t have the same worldview as you do. These guys have to put their differences aside for the good of the team or it would never work. Cooper just so happened to be caught on tape saying something stupid and offensive. Lots of players say stupid things that were never caught on tape. This goes for all of us, not just players. Some politicians say stupid things that were caught on tape, but we vote for them anyway because we share those same feelings. We just never got caught. Riley Cooper is just a regular guy. If he can help a team win, he’ll be on a roster. Desean Jackson played with him in Philly. I don’t think they’d sign Cooper without the approval of Jackson.

  2. If football doesn’t work out, a couple more slurs caught on video and he’d qualify to work for the Trump team. He could travel with Trump to rallies and help solidify the base. Rah! Rah!

  3. well riley cooper u might have a shot at that. new nfl minor league with vince young and Kellen Winslow lol

  4. Those people who saying he just “said something stupid” or “did something stupid” are missing the point….you don’t get caught saying that stuff if you don’t say it…and if you say something racist…that’s obviously how you feel…if he isn’t a racist…why would he say those things? I guarantee the only people who are defending him are white people who have never had to deal with racism…

  5. White people commenting on disrespecting minorities: “What’s the big deal? Get over it.” SMDH
    I hope the women in your life say that to you after they sleep with some black dude.

  6. Why would you want this scum bag on your team and risk the locker room issues he brings with him? It’s not like there a shortage of 29 year-old mediocre receivers to fill a roster spot.

  7. ————————————————————–
    norsehorse88 says:
    May 7, 2017 11:24 AM
    White people commenting on disrespecting minorities: “What’s the big deal? Get over it.” SMDH
    I hope the women in your life say that to you after they sleep with some black dude.
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    If time travel was possible, I’d happily pitch in to buy you a ticket to the present.

  8. For those that say move on—it’s not what he said, but how he said it. It wasn’t dumb, he meant it.

    And, yes, people say dumb things all the time. But, they don’t work predominantly with the people they said the dumb thing about.

  9. tonebones says:
    May 7, 2017 9:51 AM
    If you’re an NFL player, you’ve learned to get along with all sorts of people who don’t have the same worldview as you do. These guys have to put their differences aside for the good of the team or it would never work. Cooper just so happened to be caught on tape saying something stupid and offensive. Lots of players say stupid things that were never caught on tape. This goes for all of us, not just players. Some politicians say stupid things that were caught on tape, but we vote for them anyway because we share those same feelings. We just never got caught. Riley Cooper is just a regular guy. If he can help a team win, he’ll be on a roster. Desean Jackson played with him in Philly. I don’t think they’d sign Cooper without the approval of Jackson.
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    Jackson just got to the Bucs…you think he speaks for that entire locker room? Contrary to your belief, one guy doesn’t speak for an entire group.

  10. #4 and #5 WR’s have to play special teams to stick on rosters. It’s why older vets get shoved out once they outlast their starter usefulness. Look at a guy like Roddy White, noone picked up the phone for him to be a backup receiver last season. If you don’t cover kicks, return them or block on returns. You have no value as a backup.

  11. kayes says:
    May 7, 2017 11:04 AM
    I bet he shops at Aryan Outfitters
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    I think you mean Bass Pro Shop.

  12. Of course Riley Cooper will make the team and then he’ll take Mike Evans job. It’s pretty obvious, Riley Cooper is the greatest WR in NFL history. Point blank.

  13. Maybe it wouldn’t be in the room if the PC lynch mob didn’t keep bringing it up.

  14. Can’t believe you wrote an piece on Tim Tebow’s girlfriend without mentioning Tim Tebow. Hopefully one day Cooper will be out of Tim Tebow’s shadow but until then he’ll just be Tim Tebow’s girlfriend. Tebow Tebow Tebow. Gotta keep the search engines happy.

  15. If you watched the Bucs at all last year you know they need help at wr. Evans is a stud and they could roll out some 2-te lineups this year but that’s all they’ve got. D-Jax will be hurt (or in prison) by midseason and Humphries isn’t scaring anyone. Evans, Cooper, Brate and Howard may be the biggest receiving corp in the NFL. Go Bucs!

  16. It’s no different from ghetto trash receivers talking their crap.
    Except we have to accept that

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