Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cooper (88) is tackled by New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) after catching a pass during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Former Browns WR Josh Cooper Signs With Vikings


The Vikings’ move to waive Lestar Jean with the injured designation put them under the 90 man limit, but they weren’t under the limit for very long. Adam Caplan reports that Minnesota has filled the roster vacancy by picking up former Cleveland Browns WR Josh Cooper.

The 5-10 Cooper was signed by Cleveland as a UDFA in 2012 after playing his college ball with Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State. He played in 6 games his rookie season, catching 8 balls for 106 yards. He played in 5 games in 2013, catching 9 balls for 60 yards.

Cooper was impressive enough late last season to become the Browns’ #2 receiver behind Josh Gordon, catching a career-high five passes in 8 targets Week 17 against Pittsburgh. The Browns nevertheless decided to cut him this offseason.

In Minnesota, Cooper will be reunited with former Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Cooper has operated mainly as a slot receiver in the past. He will compete with the likes of Kain Colter, Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen for a spot on the Vikings.

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  • Bob E.

    With Jennings and Wright he is a 3rd slot receiver which I’m not sure we need, but competition is always good in camp.

    • Bob T

      I study the defense more than offense, but I thought they would keep 5 or 6 WR. Figuring Simpson, Jennings, Patterson and Wright are locks. I agree with you, competition in camp is always good. Who do you like at the 5th receiver. I have seen your post and you seem informed. As I said I usually stay on the defensive side. I like Theilen. What do you think?

      • Bob E.

        I really like Thielen, if he has golden hands like we have heard, I’m not sure why he isn’t on the active roster, considering how many passes Simpson flat out drops, in game. I want a guy who wins the jump battles deep,
        Which we have to hope Patterson becomes but we are stacked on slot and short route talent between Jennings, Rudy, Wright and Patterson.