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Chris Cooley On The Decline?

Posted by Matt Terl on July 5, 2011 – 8:40 am

The picture to the right — from Christy Cooley’s twitter feed — is about as all-American an image as you can capture in pixels: an All-Pro NFL player doing some fishing on 4th of July weekend while a happy-looking golden retriever naps by his side.

But while Chris Cooley was enjoying the holiday, NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan was writing an analysis of Cooley’s standing among his fellow tight ends that seems likely to bring out Cooley’s less idyllic side.

Kirwan — like so many other NFL analysts in June and July — is compiling a somewhat arbitrary list of positional rankings. His method is to break players into tiers, from the best (in Group A ) to the young and up-and-coming (in Group E).

Cooley is in Group B — at the top, but only by virtue of alphabetical order — and here’s Kirwan’s analysis:

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