The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

our sys­tem, and they are ready to play.”

Cooper did play the en­tire 2013 sea­son, earn­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion. But he was slowed in camp, spend­ing much of it in a walk­ing cast. He has been prac­tic­ing fully, how­ever, for the last two weeks, and will likely show up in a boxscore be­fore he does on an in­jury re­port.

“I ac­tu­ally feel re­ally good,” Cooper said after prac­tice. “I’ve been out there prac­tic­ing for a few weeks now and get­ting on the same page as every­body. I feel re­ally good. I feel healthy. I have my legs un­der me and I am re­ally ex­cited. I am ex­cited for a new sea­son. I am ex­cited that we have one year of this of­fense al­ready un­der our belt. We’ve got a lot of up­side. We’ve got a lot of po­ten­tial, but we just have to tap into it.”

That will re­quire full-staffing, some­thing that the Ea­gles didn’t have much of in the pre­sea­son, but which may be why they will have it when it mat­ters.

“Our pieces fit re­ally well, es­pe­cially with what we do here,” Ma­clin said. “You have a ver­sa­tile guy in Zach (Ertz). You’ve got two run­ning backs who can catch the ball, and a guy like me who can pretty much do any­thing they ask me to do. We have Cooper on the other side. Jor­dan (Matthews) has the prom­ise for the fu­ture. So I don’t think we are go­ing to miss a beat.

“No dis­re­spect to DeSean and (Ja­son) Avant, both tremen­dous play­ers, but I am very con­fi­dent in our team right now and I think we have a chance to be very spe­cial.”

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