Terrance Copper

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Terrance Copper
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-03-12) March 12, 1982 (age 33)
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: 2004
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 84
Receiving yards: 1,018
Receiving TDs: 6
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Terrance Terrel Copper (born March 12, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at East Carolina University.

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 139 receptions (at the time third most in school history) and 1,683 receiving yards (at the time fifth most in school history). As a senior in 2003, he led Conference USA with 87 receptions (at the time a school single season record). He also had 897 receiving yards, two touchdowns and returned 27 punts for 124 yards. As a junior, he registered 30 receptions 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. He 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 four days later when defensive tackle Montavious Stanley was placed on injured reserve. He was cut again on October 26, to activate suspended guard Jamar Nesbit.[1] During his time with the team, he was considered a special teams standout.[2]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on October 29, 2008, after wide receiver Demetrius Williams was placed on the injured reserve list.[3]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Copper signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 17, 2009 and was second on the team with 16 special teams tackles.[4] He was re-signed on March 7, 2010.

In the 2011 season, he had a catch drought that started after he had 1 reception in week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts and ended in week 13 against the Chicago Bears. In week 16 against the Oakland Raiders, he played an important role catching three passes for 61 yards (including a 43-yard gain). He finished the season with 8 receptions for 114 yards. He was released on August 25, 2013.[5]

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