Pharoh Cooper

Pharoh Cooper

Wide Receiver #10
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 203 lb.
College:South Carolina
Born:March 7, 1995
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 4 (117)
Draft Team:LA

Pharoh Cooper: Playing against former employer

Cooper is active for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Cooper will attempt to get payback less than a week removed from his former employer cutting him loose. He likely hasn't had a enough time in the system to get reps in a lacking receiving corps outside of Larry Fitzgerald. However, Cooper's All-Pro pedigree as a returner could be on full display.

December 23, 2018 12:16 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Claimed by Cardinals

The Cardinals claimed Cooper off waivers Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cut loose by the Rams a day earlier, Cooper quickly found a new home in the NFC West. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist last season, but he played a role in two turnovers during a playoff loss to Atlanta, then dealt with an ankle injury for much of this year. The woeful Cardinals have nothing to lose by giving Cooper a look on special teams.

December 19, 2018 1:39 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Cut by Rams

The Rams waived Cooper on Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: After emerging from the regular-season opener with an ankle injury, Cooper spent the next nine weeks on IR. Since his return Week 11, he primarily served as a kick returner, bringing out 10 at a clip of 20.2 yards per run back. That's a far cry from his league-leading mark of 27.4 in 2017, and with Todd Gurley (knee) and Justin Davis (shoulder) injured at the moment, Cooper appears to be a roster casualty in order to bolster the backfield for the short term. JoJo Natson will act as the Rams' kick and punt returner for the rest of the campaign.

December 18, 2018 1:40 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Returns from IR

The Rams officially activated Cooper (ankle) from injured reserve ahead of Monday's game against the Chiefs, Clarence Dennis of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: As anticipated, Cooper will be ready to make his first appearance since Week 1 after enduring no complications with his ankle upon returning to practice last Tuesday. Per Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News, Cooper is likely to immediately recapture duties as the Rams' top kickoff returner, though JoJo Natson is expected to retain his gig as the team's No. 1 punt returner for at least one more game. Cooper could also quickly settle into a depth role at receiver, though he likely wouldn't see the field for much more than the occasional gadget play or in instances where the Rams deploy four-wideout sets. Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds are locked in as the Rams' clear top three options at receiver.

November 19, 2018 8:10 AM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Slated for season debut Monday

The Rams are planning to activate Cooper (ankle) from injured reserve prior to Monday's game against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cooper was placed on injured reserve after injuring his ankle in the Rams' season-opening win over the Raiders. The 23-year-old was cleared to return to practice less than a week ago and appears to have progressed well during that time. Since Cooper didn't require surgery to address the ankle injury, he shouldn't be far behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint. With that in mind, Cooper could reclaim duties as the Rams' top option on kickoff returns while also offering depth behind the team's top three healthy wideouts (Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds). JoJo Natson would be the most negatively impacted by Cooper's impending return.

November 19, 2018 7:22 AM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Cleared to practice

The Rams designated Cooper (ankle) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Thus, Cooper's 21-day window to practice and prove the health of his ankle has opened. If he returns to the 53-man roster, his standing on gameday would be in question. In Cooper's place, Jojo Natson and Blake Countess have performed adeptly as punt and kick returners, respectively. As such, Cooper may have to wait for an opportunity to present itself, whether it's via injury or lack of performance.

November 13, 2018 1:49 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Physically able to play

Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that Cooper (ankle) is physically able to play, and there will be more clarity on his situation as the week unfolds, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Cooper has been on injured reserve for the near entirety of the season after injuring his ankle in the Rams' season-opening victory over the Raiders. While he's now eligible to be activated off IR, it's not certain the Rams will make him one of the two players the team is allowed to bring back to the active roster. After all, Jojo Natson and Blake Countess have shown well on punt returns and kick returns, respectively, and Los Angeles may be more inclined to activate players such as cornerback Aqib Talib (ankle) and Dominique Easley (knee) in an effort to shore up its middling defense.

November 12, 2018 11:30 AM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Sent to IR

Cooper (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Cooper is dealing with an ankle injury that will reportedly require a multi-week absence. The Rams re-signed Jojo Natson on Wednesday in order to take his place as the team's primary return man on kickoffs.

September 12, 2018 2:18 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Could miss multiple weeks

Cooper (ankle) could miss multiple weeks according to head coach Sean McVay, Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Cooper suffered an ankle injury during Monday's win over the Raiders and could now be in danger of missing a handful of games. Even worse, backup returner Mike Thomas is also dealing with a groin injury. Look for updates once the practice reports are released this week.

September 11, 2018 8:10 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Suffers ankle injury in Oakland

Cooper is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Raiders after suffering an ankle injury.

Analysis: Cooper has managed 75 yards on three kickoffs and just 12 yards on two punt returns Monday night. If he is not able to return to the contest, look for Cooper Kupp and Mike Thomas to potentially take over returning responsibilities.

September 10, 2018 10:10 PM EST

Pharoh Cooper: Productive in preseason win

Cooper brought in three of four targets for 22 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for nine yards in the Rams' 21-20 preseason loss to the Texans.

Analysis: With coach Sean McVay treating Saturday's game as anything but a dress rehearsal for the regular season, Cooper saw playing time early in the contest. He hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from Sean Mannion late in the first quarter and was productive overall before exiting the contest. Cooper has logged just 25 receptions over his first two seasons and has yet to score his first NFL touchdown from scrimmage, but he proved highly valuable on special teams in 2017. Cooper amassed 1,331 combined return yards and a kickoff return touchdown, and he's expected to reprise that role again in the coming season.

August 25, 2018 6:41 PM EST

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