Riley Cooper Doing All the Right Things at Eagles' Training Camp

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Riley Cooper #11 of the Florida Gators against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It seems that there is always a young player at their first Eagles training camp who quickly turns into the “fan favorite.” This year that guy has been wide receiver Riley Cooper, known as Sunshine by his teammates.

When you see Cooper walk onto the field, he is immediately someone who grabs your attention. He’s a big target, with hair streaming out of the bottom of his helmet, and has been on the receiving end of many long touchdown passes so far this camp.

All reports that have come out of Eagles camp thus far about Cooper have been very positive, and it is widely believed that he and Hank Baskett are battling for the fourth wide receiver spot.

This was the belief before the Eagles even reported to training camp and it seemed as though special teams play between the two would be a big deciding factor. However, Cooper is making a strong case for himself to be involved in the offense.

With speedy receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, it would be nice if Cooper could step up and be a physical possession receiver much like Jason Avant. He also has the size for those “go get it” type balls and has already been using his height advantage over some of the smaller Eagles cornerbacks in practice.

If his size, hair, and pass catching ability haven’t been enough to get him noticed in camp, he’s also been a part of two scraps with corners Ellis Hobbs and Macho Harris. You have to love the fire.

If Cooper keeps up on the pace he has now, he has to have a great chance of making the team as well as having an immediate impact on offense.