Friday, June 13, 2014
Vikings sign Josh Cooper
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings added another receiver to their depth chart on Friday, and this one should already be well-versed in Norv Turner's offense.
They signed former Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Cooper, a day after waiving injured receiver Lestar Jean. Cooper spent 2012 and 2013 with the Browns, catching nine passes last season while Turner was the offensive coordinator. Vikings quarterbacks coach Scott Turner was Cooper's position coach last season in Cleveland, as well, and his familiarity with the Vikings' system should help him jump into the team's minicamp next week, likely as a slot receiver.
Time will tell whether that familiarity will help Cooper earn a spot on the Vikings' roster. The team is well-stocked at the position, with Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright likely accounting for four spots, and Cooper could have to battle practice squad holdovers Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen, as well as undrafted free agent Kain Colter, for a job. The work Cooper has already done with the Turners, though, means the coaches were able to vouch for him, and he could be worth watching in training camp.