Terrance Copper

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Terrance Copper
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No. --     Free agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-03-12) March 12, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Washington, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Washington (NC)
College: East Carolina
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions 84
Receiving yards 1,018
Receiving TDs 6
Stats at NFL.com

Terrance Terrel Copper (born March 12, 1982) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at East Carolina. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, and also played for the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. In the NFL, he is commonly known as a special teams ace,[1] providing coverage on kicks and blocking on kick returns.

Early years[edit]

Copper was a 2000 graduate of Washington High School. He finished his high school career as the school's career-leader in receptions (159) and receiving yards (2,826). He also had 27 touchdowns. Copper was a three-time all-conference and all-area selection and set season records with 55 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in 1997. He had 25 catches for 402 yards and three scores as a freshman, 55 grabs for 1,000 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore, 38 snags for 683 yards and seven TDs in his junior season and 41 receptions for 741 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.

He earned honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today. Copper was also selected to play in the Shrine Bowl and East/West All-Star game his senior season.

College career[edit]

Copper finished his college career at East Carolina University with (at the time) the 3rd most (now 6th most) number of receptions in ECU history with 139 and the 5th most (now 8th most) receiving yards in ECU history with 1,683. As a senior, in 2003, he led Conference USA with 87 receptions which, at the time, was an ECU single season record. He also had 897 yards receiving and had a pair of touchdowns. He also returned 27 punts for 124 yards. As a junior, he hauled in 30 passes for 395 yards and returned 30 punts for 328 yards.

Professional career[edit]

Copper on the field during a game

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 2004 he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he played in 10 games, had 7 receptions for 84 yards, but his contributions came on special teams, where he had 14 tackles and returned 16 kickoffs for 307 yards (19.2 avg.). Copper appeared in all 16 games in 2005, playing primarily on special teams, he totaled 11 tackles and 2 kickoff returns for 32 yards. He was released by the team before the 2006 season started.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

In 2006, he was claimed by the New Orleans Saints, reuniting him with new head coach and former Cowboys offensive coordinator Sean Payton. He played in 15 games (4 starts) for the New Orleans Saints and started his first NFL game on November 5, 2006 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The next week he started against the Pittsburgh Steelers, registering a career high 6 receptions for 92 yards. Copper finished the 2006 season with 23 receptions for 385 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

Copper was released by the New Orleans Saints on October 14, 2008 after the team signed defensive end Jeff Charleston. He was re-signed just four days later when defensive tackle Montavious Stanley was placed on injured reserve. The Saints released Copper again on October, to activate suspended guard Jamar Nesbit.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Copper was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on October 29, 2008 after wide receiver Demetrius Williams was placed on injured reserve.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Copper signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 17, 2009.[2] He was re-signed on March 7, 2010.

In the 2011 NFL season, Copper had a catch drought. The catch drought started after Copper had 1 catch in the week 5 Chiefs/Colts game. The drought ended when Copper caught one pass for 10 yards in the Chiefs/Bears game. In the Chiefs/Raiders game in week 16, Copper played an important role catching three passes for 61 yards. One of his catches was a 43-yard gain. Copper finished his 2011 season with 8 catches for 114 yards. He also played in the Chiefs/Packers game where the Chiefs upset the Packers 19-14. In that game Copper caught 2 passes for 20 yards.

On August 25, 2013, he was cut by the Chiefs.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.nola.com/gladow/2008/10/saints_release_special_teams_a.html
  2. ^ Chiefs Bring Back Monty Beisel ESPN, March 17, 2009
  3. ^ Ferrin, Reid (August 25, 2013). "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves". KCChiefs.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 

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