The first fight of training camp didn't come in the offensive line vs. defensive line one-on-one drills, which most would expect. It came in a 7-on-7 drill as wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Ellis Hobbs mixed it up.
"It was just man-to-man bump-and-run and he was on the line doing his job and I gave him a shove," Cooper said.
Hobbs came over to the sideline and asked a member of the Eagles staff whether he was being physical within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage which the defender is allowed. When told that he wasn't, Hobbs laughed and went back over with his teammates.
Cooper is a 6-3, 222-pound fifth-round draft pick from Florida. He toiled behind the likes of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy early in his college career and had to make a mark on special teams. That's why getting physical fits Cooper's style of play.
"We got the pads on and you have to have that mindset," Cooper said. "I'm an easy going guy, but I'm not going to take any crap from nobody. He's (Hobbs) a good dude. He didn't mean anything by it. I didn't mean anything by it. It's in the past."
Cooper was utilized a number of times in the team drills Saturday morning. His big frame makes a good target for the quarterbacks and his solid hands make him trustworthy. Cooper is in the mix to be one of the primary backups behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant at wide receiver.
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-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:05 a.m., July 31