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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