The Washington Redskins will use tight end Chris Cooley some at fullback in the team’s preseason opener Thursday in Buffalo.
The Washington Times reports it is an opportunity for Cooley to prove his versatility in a bid to make the final roster. Fred Davis has replaced him as the club’s top option at tight end. Cooley has worked as an H-back in the past so some of the concepts should be familiar.
“As far as getting the blocks done, I’ve never had a problem getting the blocks done out of the backfield,” Cooley told the Times. “Would you ever look at me as a punishing, Mike Sellers-, Darrel Young-type of blocker? No, but I’ll get the block in the hole and I’m going to get my hat on the linebacker and the running backs always have a chance to make a cut.”
The Redskins placed Cooley on injured reserve during October last season with a knee injury. He’s an injury risk to them so he needs to stay healthy for a shot at making the team.
“I feel like I’m getting back to the player I know I can be. I think our staff knows what I can do. I think I know what I’m capable of. That’s what everyone expects of me. I have to continue to provide that on a daily basis.”
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