"I've got to step up, and I've got to fulfill that role," Cooper told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington on Sunday.
Darlington indicated Monday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that Eagles brass made it clear Cooper is first in line to take Maclin's job. Cooper said he is very close to Maclin and almost cried when he saw Maclin tear his ACL in Saturday's practice. But Maclin knows it's an "opportunity" to star like he's never had before.
Cooper was effective as a starter for three games in 2011, but he was quiet last season in a reserve role after missing time with a broken collarbone. Cooper, like Maclin, is entering a contract year.