By the Numbers: Has Nick Foles made Riley Cooper a useful number 2 WR?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Is Riley Cooper turning a corner with Nick Foles under center?

The Eagles have gone through a musical chairs-like transition with quarterbacks throughout the season. Philadelphia has seen three different quarterbacks under center in 2013 and it has impacted the value of the talent (or lack thereof) around them. One such player is wide receiver Riley Cooper.

Prior to Week 6, BGN conducted a study regarding Cooper's ineptness as a number two wide receiver in the Eagles offense. At the time, Cooper ranked 31st out of 32 pass catchers in both receptions and receiving yards. Remember, this was prior to the game against the Buccaneers that saw Nick Foles make his first start of the season. With Michael Vick, Cooper's inability to separate kept the dual-threat passer away from him. However, with Foles as a starter, Cooper has gone over 88 receiving yards in all three starts.

In fact, with Foles, Cooper has become a legitimate starter. The second-year quarterback's ability to throw-open his wide receivers and make anticipation throws, has allowed Cooper to excel. This is not all on Foles of course, as Cooper has shown off his speed on screens and post routes, while also getting open in tight spaces like the redzone. He has been a scoring threat during Foles' tenure, as Cooper scored four touchdowns off of his passes. Granted, this is all a small sample size.

Since it have been four games since the last study, we have restarted the research to see how Cooper's production has changed with Foles starting three of the four contests. The criteria for the study is that players must have at least five games worth of work or more than 25 catches. Due to these standards, you will notice that some of the number two wide receivers have changed due to injuries.

Changes are: Kris Durham for Nate Burleson, Cecil Shorts for Ace Saunders (Shorts became the number two with Blackmon in the lineup) and Terrence Williams for Miles Austin.

As you can see, Cooper ranks 10th among number two wide receivers in yards on only 25 catches (18.1 YPC) and is in a three-way tie for second place in touchdowns scored (5). Those yards and scores are clearly impressive when considering the past study.

Name Team Catches Yards TDs
Eric Decker Broncos 46 669 3
Cecil Shorts Jaguars 46 565 1
Alshon Jeffery Bears 33 561 2
T.Y. Hilton Colts 34 533 5
Hakeem Nicks Giants 34 521
Emmanuel Sanders Steelers 37 494 2
Brian Hartline Dolphins 38 477 2
Terrence Williams Cowboys 28 477 4
DeAndre Hopkins Texans 31 470 2
Riley Cooper Eagles 25 453 5
Doug Baldwin Seahawks 29 447 2
Jerome Simpson Vikings 29 446
Nate Washington Titans 26 439 2
Michael Floyd Cardinals 34 433 2
Rod Streater Raiders 28 417 1
Donnie Avery Chiefs 27 396 1
Randall Cobb Packers 29 378 2
Kenny Stills Saints 16 362 3
Brandon LaFell Panthers 27 352 3
Robert Woods Bills 26 349 2
Jeremy Kerley Jets 28 347 2
Eddie Royal Chargers 26 341 7
Kenbrell Thompkins Patriots 23 334 4
Mohamed Sanu Bengals 31 316
Kris Durham Lions 25 310 1
Leonard Hankerson Redskins 24 309 3
Austin Pettis Rams 28 297 4
Marlon Brown Ravens 26 297 5
Davone Bess Browns 31 285 2
Mike Williams Buccaneers 22 216 2
Roddy White Falcons 14 129
Kyle Williams 49ers 11 108

Are you impressed/unimpressed by Cooper's production with Foles? Is Cooper worthy of sticking around (even if he is not a starter) beyond this season?

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