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Fred vs. Cooley: A Brother’s Perspective

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 16, 2011 – 8:33 am

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I don’t think anyone would wish for a contentious relationship between two of the best players on the Redskins, but it’s fair to wonder how Chris Cooley and Fred Davis interact behind closed doors.

For the inside scoop, I turned to people that understand these players the best: their younger brothers.  Kedran Davis and Tanner Cooley explained how, despite being in a competition for playing time, the two have become good friends.

“Y’know, Fred’s a really great guy,” Tanner Cooley said.  “He’s easy to get along with, he’s a great player, and I think he and Chris get along well.  I think if both of them can get on the field together that they do great things.”

Kedran Davis echoed the same sentiments, saying, “Everyone always tries to act like it’s Cooley versus Fred, but it’s not like that.  Those two hang out all the time, and they get along great.”

Part of what makes the pair successful is that they aren’t necessarily competing for the same position.  When Fred Davis was at USC, he started his career at wide receiver before moving to tight end.  When Chris Cooley was drafted into the pros, he played a lot of H-back before settling in at tight end.

That versatility allows the Redskins to get both on the field at the same time, in different roles.

“Y’know, he was just telling me the other day, “I feel like I could play both [receiver and tight end],'” Kedran said of Fred.  “He’s got the blocking skills and that’s good for tight end, but he’s also got good routes and can catch, so that’s good for receiver.  Anything to get on the field.”

Tanner agreed, adding, “Both of them can play a lot of positions on the field and it’s great that they get along so well.  Chris has always had a good relationship with the other tight ends here and Fred is no different.”

As both players settle into their second year in the system, each is expected to be a big part of the offensive success in Washington.

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9 Responses to “Fred vs. Cooley: A Brother’s Perspective”

  1. By Carl007 on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    It’s great to have such quality depth at a position. We not only have this at the TE position, but now it looks like we’ll be having it at the RB position, as well! It looks like Shanny is cleaning up the roster pretty well in his second year here.

  2. By RussianBreadMaker on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    There can only be one.

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Is this the Highlander? PS-I saw your comments on a certain other Web site. It could be someone else, but I didn’t figure many other people are clamoring for your screen name 🙂

  4. By Carl007 on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    The more depth you have at any position, the stronger the team will be later in the season. Depth is a good thing — so is competition.

  5. By mark on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I remember when Cooley was an h-back rookie, dude broke at least 2 tackles before being brought down everytime he touched the ball. Good point though with cooleys h-back (he IS more like a fullback/h-back type) and fred’s receiver history they both have a lot to offer. Obviously we’re gunna be running the ball a lot which breeds effective play action so im hopeful we’ll see em both on the field

  6. By Carl007 on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I see lots more running and check-downs to the TEs this season. Hightower, Royster and Torrain look like a pretty good three-headed monster. My guess is that Royster gets the bulk of the carries, with Torrain close behind. Hightower on passing downs for his protection and check-down ability.

  7. By Cranky Fan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Brian Tinsman…there is only one

  8. By sum.yung.guy.rwu on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Carl. There can only be one…Hightower

  9. By Carl007 on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Personally, I’d start Royster and bring Tim off the bench!

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