The Cleveland Browns elevated rookie wide receiver
An undrafted free-agent signee of the Browns back in May, Cooper spent the first five weeks of the season on the practice squad after being waived in August, following the completion of training camp.
“I’d be real excited,” Cooper said earlier in the week. “I’ve been preparing well out there, so if it does happen, I’ll be ready to go. It’s hard to practice and not be able to play in the game. You’re used to getting that treat at the end of the week, to go out there and actually play, so it’s been tough. Hopefully, this is the week to turn it around.
“I feel really prepared and I’ve been working with the offense a little bit. I understand the game plan, so it’d be great to be able to go out there and play.”
During his post-practice press conference on Friday, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Cooper “has had a good week of practice” and compared the first-year professional to fellow Browns wide receiver,
“I thought he’s been a guy that’s steadily improved since he’s been here and he practiced well this week,” Shurmur said of Cooper. “I think they set themselves apart as slot receivers. They’re quick and they find a way to wiggle free.”
At Oklahoma State University, Cooper caught 161 passes for 1,696 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was second on the team with 71 receptions and 716 yards during his senior season.
“I’m more of an inside, possession receiver,” Cooper said. “That’s how I look at it. I’m a route-runner. I’m a possession guy, so, hopefully, I’ll make those tough catches and get first downs.”
During the preseason, Cooper caught four passes for 41 yards, including a long reception of 17 yards. He averaged 10.3 yards per reception and worked with one of his teammates from Oklahoma State, Browns rookie quarterback
“He knows where I’m going to be and he knows I’ll be in the right spot for him, so we work well together,” Cooper said. “Just being out here a little bit, we’ve developed more and it keeps growing. I think it can carry over. He depends on me and I’ll be in the right spot for him.”
Weeden and Cooper formulated that chemistry together on Oklahoma State’s scout team early in their collegiate careers. Now, being on the same professional team is beyond what Cooper thought would happen to Weeden and him.
“It’s unbelievable,” Cooper said. “It’s something you don’t really see happen too much with other players and it’d be nice to get to do that.”