Riley Cooper In Walking Boot

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Riley Cooper was wearing a boot on his right foot when spotted outside of the NovaCare Complex Friday.

“He’s got a foot injury. It’s just a preventative thing,” said Chip Kelly. “He should be back in a couple days.”




Cooper has been sidelined since Monday with the foot ailment.

Kelly sounds optimistic that this is a short-term deal, but it does make you think about the receiver depth on this team. Kelly was asked how he feels about his reserves.

"I never get involved with what's our depth here, what's our depth there," said Kelly. "I think the biggest decision we're doing right now is making evaluations of who is going to make the team. We have 12 or 13 of those guys and at some point we're going to have to cut down to five or six depending on how we juggle the roster with the 53-man roster and then how many guys get onto the practice squad.

"If a guy gets hurt, a guy gets hurt. You can say that about any position on our football team or any other team in the National Football League. If we were to lose LeSean McCoy than we're down at the running back spot but if not, we feel really good about our depth."

Jeff Maehl has gotten the bulk of the reps with the ones on the outside  in Cooper's absence. Strangely enough, though, Maehl also had a boot on his right foot Friday and was a spectator at practice.

In other news, Earl Wolff is expected to be full-go after sitting team drills out yesterday. Kelly said Wolff was sore on Thursday, but did not reveal what area of the body.

Jake Knott did not practice Friday. He was wearing a sleeve on his right leg. Chris Polk (hamstring) and Julian Vandervelde (back) were also sidelined.

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  • anon

    Cowboys are sending out playoff tickets NOW to their season ticket holders. What a silly organization (read: organization that’s worried about it’s dwindling fan base b/c of poor performance during JJ’s ownership).

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/11295007/dallas-cowboys-include-playoff-tickets-package-season-ticket-holders

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      reminds me of me and my friends carrying around condoms in middle school…kind of pointless

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Better to tuck a poncho into your back pocket if there is rain in the forecast, than get caught with your pants down in a thunderstorm.

        • southy

          I think the “rain in the forecast” bit is where the analogy falls apart.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Well that sounded better than better be safe than sorry…

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          man, there would have needed to be enough rain in the forecaste for an old man with a white beard building a wooden ark and herding animals 2 x 2 for me to worry about that in MS. i cant even imagine how much initiative this fictional girl would have needed, but we need somene like her working along side JM2 on world peace, cure for cancer, childhood obesity and not worrying about getting my baby rocks off

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I still stand by my statement. You know the saying that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than smart? Well in this case it’s always better to be smart IF you get lucky.

      • CHRIS – CB with dreads

        excellent

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      Hahahahaha

  • IG:blkboyflyy

    Jordan Matthews report to south field for 1st team 7-on-7 drills. That is all!

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    guess if there’s one guy who can afford to miss time with FOles, it’s Cooper. Hopefully Huff is getting those snaps, leave the prophet in the slot

  • Rockedupeaglesfan

    I got a bad feeling that Jeff Maehl makes this team. It would be nice to have that last receiver spot go to a guy with upside.

    • anon

      who else is going to be that 3rd outside guy. could be huff/matthews, but maehl knows the playbook and the routine, i think it’s a lack of depth for training camp more than maehl being good.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        boy, I hope Huff beats him out, especially if Cooper and Maclin stay healthy enough to give Huff more time to learn the playbook/NFL. Would love for him to play into 4th WR role by early/mid-season

        • Rockedupeaglesfan

          Agreed on Huff. He’s coming from the same system(so is Maehl) so he should transition quickly. It would be nice to see something from both our rookie WRs this year.

      • Rockedupeaglesfan

        I actually think Matthews should be our 3rd outside WR with Huff as our #2 slot guy. Plus Ertz and Sproles getting some looks inside too.

    • Dominik

      Me too. Take 5 guys, take Benn, hell, take Momah or Boone if they show promise during TC and PS. But please, don’t waste a roster spot for a 25 year old Maehl or 24 year old Damaris Johnson with no upside and no skills that help your team win.

      If Maehl and, god forbid, Casey Matthews make this team we know one thing about Chip: there IS an Oregon bias.

      If Henery is our kicker, we know (for sure) that this is his blind spot, since it was his problem in Oregon, too.

      Those two things don’t make Chip a bad HC – not even close, it’s not even in the conversation for me. I love the guy. But it would be a negative thing.

      Still, we’d have to look at perspective. It would be about our WR #6 and ILB #4. It would be a waste of a roster spot, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        With the kicker spot, there weren’t a whole lot of options apparently. Which sucks. Finding the talent is on Howie. Spear is who they brought in, so I put that on Howie, not a Chip blind spot.

        • Dominik

          But when you see Spear failing (and he wasn’t a good kicker in college), why not bring in Bironas? If Henery beats him in a fair competition, fine. But we at least would have tried to upgrade.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            This would appear to run counter to your “take the guy with upside” point you made regarding Maehl above.

            At a push Bironas is a very slight upgrade over Henery with zero upside and who you’d most likely need to replace in 12 months time because of age. Don’t see the point in bringing him in at all.

            It isn’t that Chip has a blind spot at kicker, just that in the short time he’s been here there haven’t been any good options for him.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            plus, right now they just want someone to puch Henery. dont need to bring a vet in for 4 months for that. wait till all the cuts are made, bring in Bironas and a couple casteoffs, have a 3 day kickoff and that’s that.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            right now they just want someone to puch Henery.

            Clearly this is a typo, but not sure if you mean:
            A, Push, or
            B. Punch

            Both make sense, but I’m holding out for B.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            either works. too funny, i wont even edit

          • Johnny Domino

            You could go really old school and stage a putsch

          • Dominik

            You can’t compare Kickers to skill players, imho. Right now, I think we need to upgrade this position. I think Bironas would be an upgrade, but you don’t have to agree with me on that. He wasn’t very good last year but still had a far superior year to Henery. To be fair, that’s not hard. Plus, Bironas has a leg. Even if his compl. % isn’t good, he at least allows us to see our FG range at the 37 (55 long last year). With Henery, you’re out of FG range at the 28 Yard line. I’m not saying that Chip will take many of those FGs, it’s not his style, but especially in those areas, it’s huge to have a FG try. Nothing I hate more than seing a punt at the opponents 35 Yard line. Even if you have Donnie Football as your punter. ;)

            If we’d be talking about WR as a huge weakness, I wouldn’t be against bringing in a veteran. I am against a #6 WR with no upside. At the kicker position, I just want an upgrade.

            Plus, Bironas is 36. If he’d be good, he could play here for 5 years. Just look at Vinatieri. No problem for a kicker, as long as you’re good enough.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Vinatieri is one of the best to ever play the position. Bironas is not. No chance he plays another five years. He’d bite your hand off if you offered him one more year right now.

            I just don’t see his value at this stage. Plenty of kickers have had a rough season or two in their 20s and gone on to be good. May as well find out if Henery can turn things round and if not replace him at the end of the year (or sooner if he really sucks).

          • Dominik

            Plenty of kickers have had a rough season or two in their 20s and gone on to be good.

            Two out of three, and those two were awful, plus, and that’s the dealbreaker for me, he’s a noodle leg. So even if he’s as “good” as 2011, he still has that noodle leg. Seriously, we’re not talking Janikowski here, who has accuracy problems, but one hell of a leg. I’d see upside there (if he’d be in this 4th year in the league and had problems the last two seasons). Were is Henerys upside?

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Awful is overstating it, but I’m not defending Henery so much as being deeply unimpressed with Bironas who has made a less than stellar (and more damningly, less than Henery) 10 from 17 from 40-49 yards over the last couple of seasons, and who’s been not at all impressive with the kickoffs.

            The upside would be that for most of his career Henery has been accurate and that you can tweak technique to squeeze an extra couple of yards out of a kicker just as you can improve accuracy. But again, this is not “Henery is good” it’s “Bironas is equally average and I see no value in swapping 26 year old mediocrity for 36 year old mediocrity”.

          • Dominik

            I get your point, it’s like your that funny commenter telling us all that Henery is a good kicker.

            To be honest, I haven’t watched a Titans game in like forever. But imho, you can evaluate Kicker through stats pretty good. If I could have Bironas or Henery, purely out of the stats comparison, I’d take Bironas all day and twice in November or December.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Honestly, not saying Henery is good. Not entirely without hope that he can improve but he mostly stank last year. Bironas has been bad the last two years as well though so I just don’t see the point. You’re bringing in a guy who might make a couple more from over 50 but who’ll miss more from closer in. If we’re going to get a decade older at any position, even kicker, it has to be for a clear upgrade and Bironas is not that.

            Also, doesn’t have a cool nickname like “murderleg”.

            Also, also, the answer here is not Henery, Bironas or Murderleg. It is Kickalicious. Because YouTube.

          • Dominik

            And btw, sorry, mate, I just realised I wrote

            “I get your point, it’s like your that funny commenter telling us all that Henery is a good kicker.”

            I wanted to write “It’s NOT like you’re that funny…”. Damn smartphone typing. ;)

            Sadly, I don’t have hope for Henery. Just don’t trust the guy, not for a penny. But of course, if he’s on the 53, I hope for the best. He’s an Eagle then and I hope he proves me wrong.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Ha, no bother. Just got a new phone and it has a VERY strange idea of what I want to type with its predictive text so I empathise.

            Worst case scenario we have 12 months of Henery being awful, but in the meantime we can at least look forward to the (hopefully) fast approaching cutting of caseymatthews*.

            *which phone tried to amend to “cases matter” so, like I say, feel your pain.

          • Dominik

            You bring up a good point with Casey Matthews (I get your phone, no one should ever write this name again). And I think that’s the reason why Henery bugs me so much. We haven’t eliminated our scrubs completely, but even if they make the team, they shouldn’t play a major role. Casey Matthews (it sucks that you can’t write Casey or Matthews this year, was much easier a year ago :D) would be ILB #4, Jeff Maehl und Damaris Johnson would be WR #6 – like I said, if they even make the team.

            That’s were Henery comes into play. I wouldn’t value a kicker as a starter at the skill position level, but he’s much more important than your #4 ILB or your #6 WR.

    • Anonymous

      Yea hopefully a guy like Benn or Momah takes that last spot. A guy with size or more skills on special teams. It’ll probably be Mac, Cooper, The Savior, Huff, Smith for the other 5.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        I’d be nervous about Benn because then you’ve got two WRs who’ve had multiple ACL injuries. Like to see what he can do but I’d definitely be worried about him staying healthy.

        Momah’s just bad. If they want to hold onto him they could stick him on the practise squad but he’ll be lucky to make that.

        • JohnA

          I don’t buy that about Momah. The word out of camp seems to be he’s much improved – though he WAS bad. I think he’ll make the team if he keeps this up, practice squad if he doesn’t.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    I guess I could live with one or the other but if we break into the season with two or more between the other DJ, Maehl and Brad Smith, then I’d have issue.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      think Smith is close to a lock as 5th, he doesnt bother me much, least he’s made plays in NFL in past. last season was little to judge with him coming in halfway thru season. Benn is dropping a ton of balls, never had good hands, he does little for me. Maehl as 6th, mostly deactive, insurance if ST gunner goes down, i can live with that. DJex2 is non-starter, no chance, wouldnt even think once about him getting roster spot

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Benn actually used to have very good hands. Had a pretty good catch rate when he was actually on the field in TB.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          disagree there. his huge knock was drops, and awful drops. been a problem since his days in Illinois. all the physical talent in the world. and per twitter feed, he seems to be dropping more than anyone else in camp.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Look at his receptions vs targets. Pretty good numbers from TB days. I know had some issues coming out of college. But so did J-Matt according to scouting reports.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            avant was 38 reps v 76 targets and he has great hands, stats lie. flat out tell you, trust me, Benn has stone hands. it’s an issue. drops more simple passes than anyone i’ve ever seen. .
            .
            and Popethews drops passes…blastphemy!

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I’m going over the scouting reports now – doesn’t say anything about dropped passes.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            does it say anything about his ability to impregnate women without contact, levitate, make water into wine and fish like a Madman?!

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Everyone knows things were lost in translation

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          ton of potential coming out of college. injuries and inconsistency doomed his career. long shot at this point I think.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Agreed

        • RIP illa

          Really? While reading up on him when we got him, there was a consensus of tampa fans would talk so much ish about his drops and how unreliable his hands were. And there’s also this…

          https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/01/17/drop-rate-2011-which-receivers-are-dropping-the-ball/

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Yeah I was basing my argument off of memory. A few months back some guy was telling me how much better Benn was than Cooper and brought up the catches v targets sober career and Benn had caught something like 60ish percent of targets. DDidn’t have the PFF “catchable” balls rate, which is subjective, but probably more telling than catches/targets. I’ll happily stand corrected because it means I was right that Cooper is better regardless of the injury history to Benn haha

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        Smith/Maehl/Benn – none of those guys does anything for me. But we’re talking about the 5th WR. 5 snaps a game maybe? 12 catches? Bigger problems at WR than who the 52 man on the roster is.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          keep 5, that Boone guy can be practice squad. Maehl was on the streets when kelly grabbed him last year, sure he’ll be there again this year if something crappy happens. anyway, Ertz is 5th WR, maybe 4th.

        • anon

          Smith will play QB at least once this season, either in redzone or on a qb run play.

          He practices with the qbs on the mesh points drills.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Not a fan of the Wildcat, or anything that takes the ball out of Foles or McCoy’s hands. I guess I wouldn’t mind seeing a little of it in preseason, just to give opposing DCs something extra to worry about.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I think you’re right, but I sure hope not. At least not in the redzone.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        I’d go so far as to say Smith is a lock as 4th.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          think? not a Huff fan? think he’s type that needs live tackling, hitting, blocking to shine. one of the guys i’m excited to see next Friday. he lit it up at Oregon

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I’m excited about Huff (Hines Ward baby!). It just seems like the staff is really high on Smith, and vets in general. I think Huff will just have to wait a year or two to get significant playing time. I’d rather get him on the field sooner than later, but that’s where this staff differs from me.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            know they’ve been running Huff both inside and outside. think Smith has been mostly inside.., so? doesnt tell us much yet. for me, any ball Smith sees will wonder why it didnt go to Jordsus, and wouldnt bother me if huff snagged a couple instead Mac or Coop.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Jordsus. Ha!

          • CHRIS – CB with dreads

            The “H” in Jesus H. Christ stands for “Jordan Matthews”

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            or, does the ‘A’ in Jordan A Matthews stand for Jesus Christ?