As it turns out, the injury nearly cost the 2015 first-round pick that opportunity.
McKenzie was impressed that Cooper toughed it out. It was obvious that his speed and cutting ability were comprised over the final four games, as he managed to clear 20 yards just once in that span.
Prior to the injury, Cooper had become the first rookie with three 100-yard receiving games in his team's first six contests since Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka accomplished the feat more than a half-century ago in 1961.
With an offseason to recover from the foot injury, Cooper can be expected to join the ranks of the NFL's true No. 1 receivers in 2016.