The rookie free agent has been released, re-signed to the practice squad and promoted to the 53-man roster since September and now is a valuable special-teams asset and No. 3 receiver.
Because of a season-ending foot injury to Terry Glenn, Copper was elevated to the active roster and in the last two games, against Baltimore and Chicago, has been a solid performer.
"Now his opportunity came, and he's doing a little something," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said last week. "He shows a lot of toughness. Hopefully that's a good start from him."
Copper has shown speed and elusiveness on kickoff returns. He has flashed aggressiveness and toughness on coverage units and soft hands as a receiver. He has five catches for 66 yards the last two games, and four of the receptions have been for first downs.
Because of his value on special teams, Copper has earned more chances in the offensive game plan. Copper made his first three NFL catches for a team-high 44 yards against Baltimore. He had two receptions for 22 yards against Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, including a diving 9-yard catch.
"He has all the potential in the world," Cowboys receiver Quincy Morgan said. "Sometimes potential, like they say, will get you beat or kicked out of the league. But he's shown what he has. He's showing it, even on special teams. He's making a big, big impact on special teams."
On special teams, Copper has seven kickoff returns for a 23-yard average and has eight tackles (four against Baltimore) on coverage units. He possibly saved a touchdown against the Bears when he caught Chicago's elusive kick returner, R.W. McQuarters, at midfield after McQuarters had burst through an opening.
"In training camp, coach Parcells told me that special teams was going to be a big part of my role," Copper said. "So I just took a hold of that."
Copper, from East Carolina, was signed off the practice squad on Oct. 30 along with receiver and seventh-round draft pick Patrick Crayton after Glenn's injury. While Crayton was first to jump into the mix, Copper has surpassed him and has offered the best speed threat with Glenn out.
Copper Making an Impression
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