The Washington Redskins have worked fast to fill the void created by the season-ending injury to tight end Fred Davis. The Washington Post reports that the Redskins have reached a deal to bring back veteran Chris Cooley.
A stalwart figure during eight seasons in D.C., Cooley became a cap casualty this offseason. He went to two Pro Bowls during his first stint with the Redskins and established a niche as a prolific short-range and red-zone target.
The Redskins lost a lot when Davis went down with an achilles injury during Sunday's narrow loss to NFC East rivals the New York Giants. More of a downfield threat than Cooley, Davis is one of the most dynamic young players at his position in the league.
He was especially effective stretching the middle zones on the kind of deep crossing patterns the Redskins like to run from the play-action pass. Davis had also become a key member of the zone-based blocking schemes that form the foundation of Washington's dominant running game.
Bringing Cooley back means the Redskins give themselves a capable starter ahead of converted receiver Niles Paul and natural blocker Logan Paulsen. Cooley spent two seasons learning the offensive system of head coach Mike Shanahan and his son and offensive coordinator, Kyle.
Cooley spent time at fullback in 2010 and '11 and is certainly a credible blocker. He can be a force in the running game and will also offer a dependable receiving outlet for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Durability is the only concern with Cooley, given that the 30-year-old missed seven games last season and 16 overall in the last three years. However, his experience will prove invaluable for a young offense and his familiarity with the team and its schemes, means there will be a seamless transition from Davis to Cooley.72539