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A Closer Look At Chris Cooley The ‘Potter’

Posted by Chris Herting on April 23, 2013 – 2:11 pm


In continuing our trend of checking in to see how Redskins players, past and present, are spending their offseason, we’re going to take a look at free agent tight end Chris Cooley.

Cooley has been a staple of the Redskins organization for just over nine years. He is the Redskins’ all-time leader for receptions by a tight end (428), a fan-favorite among many crowds, a leader in the locker room, a spokesperson in the fight against breast cancer, and an experienced potter. He’s an all-around good football player and good leader; the kind of guy you would want your daughter to date.

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Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight

Posted by Chris Herting on March 4, 2013 – 5:56 pm


Welcome to your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, where we highlight the trendy topics and social media campaigns going on this week in Redskins Nation. Check it out and make suggestions below.

Last week’s Social Media Weekly Spotlight dived into the Combine, including some of the responses that Redskins players had in regards to the results, as well as WR Pierre Garçon’s plea to LB London Fletcher to play one more year. We still do not know the answer to the latter (hopefully, we’ll have more information by the end of this week).

In fact, at this point in the decision process, all we have to fall back on is the interview with Redskins.com that the saavy vet had following the season. While some may be inclined to sit back and wonder what if, trying to envision the future with or without the middle linebacker, we will not. You may ask, why? Well, because life must go on for the time being.

So without further ado, we bring you another installment of your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, consisting of Niles Paul’s Harlem Shake, Joshua Morgan’s inspiring picture, Chris Baker’s plea for 10k Twitter followers, and more!

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A Saturday Snapshot From The Combine

Posted by Chris Herting on February 24, 2013 – 10:35 am


The Offensive Line and Tight Ends took the field today to show off their speed and agility. Although we didn’t expect to see a whole lot of speed burners today, there were a few players who impressed scouts and who possibly saw their stocks rise. For us, it was also fun to watch to say the least.

Here’s a look at the top five tight end 40-yard dash times from Saturday (via nfl.com):

  1. Player                                  School                   Height   Weight 40 time
  2. Chris Gragg                         Arkansas                 6-3            244         4.50
  3. Matt Furstenburg            Maryland                6-3            242         4.62
  4. Jake Stoneburner            Ohio State               6-3            252         4.65
  5. Tyler Eifert                         Notre Dame           6-5            250         4.68
  6. Vance McDonald             Rice                           6-4            267         4.69

And now a look at the top five offensive lineman 40-yard dash times from Saturday (via nfl.com): Read more »

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Rookie Tight End A Late Bloomer

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 11, 2012 – 2:27 pm


It wasn’t too long ago that many people would’ve thought Redskins rookie tight end Beau Reliford was instead destined for a professional basketball career.

In fact, Reliford didn’t even begin playing football until junior year in high school.

But that decision has paid dividends for the 6-foot-6 tight end from Florida State University

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Bruce Allen On Trade, Team’s Free Agents

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 10, 2012 – 9:32 pm

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Redskins general manager Bruce Allen addressed the media at this evening’s Washington Football Legends event, pertaining to the draft pick trade, and the status of tight end Fred Davis and linebacker London Fletcher: Read more »

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Davis Earns The Uncommon Redskins’ Tag

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 5, 2012 – 11:19 am

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On Friday, it was announced that the Redskins had placed the franchise tag on soon-to-be free agent Fred Davis.  The contract numbers have yet to be calculated, but it boils down to an opportunity for the team to keep a star-quality player in a situation that protects them against off-the-field indiscretions.

With the way he performed in 12 games last season, the Redskins know what kind of value he provides to the offense.  After Cooley went down early in the season, Davis brought stability to the tight end position, putting up career highs in starts (12), receptions (59) and yards (796). He also grabbed three touchdowns.

He was leading the team in each of those categories before he was suspended in Week 13 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, ending his season.

Had Davis finished the season on his current pace, he would been only the sixth tight end in NFL history to have at least 78 receptions, 1,060 yards and a 13.0 yards-per-catch average.

This deal makes sense for both sides, as the Redskins like the player that Davis can be, and he has an opportunity to rebuild his value and reputation.  Essentially, a win-win for both sides.

And it’s a maneuver that hasn’t been executed very often for the Redskins franchise.  Since the franchise tag’s introduction to the collective bargaining agreement in 1993, the Redskins have used the tag on two other players, one of them twice. Read more »

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Niles Paul Catches A Pass, Into A Backflip

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 3:28 pm

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While prospective NFL players have gathered in Indianapolis this past week to strut their stuff, NFL veterans have dispersed around the country to take their game to the next level.

Take grizzled, one-year veteran receiver Niles Paul, who showed his physical prowess with impressive special teams play and a pair of acrobatic catches in his rookie season.

Of course, those acrobatic catches pail in comparison to the fantastic athletic ability captured by one of his trainers last week at his offseason home in Nebraska.  This five-yard reception has serious style points (at the :45 mark): Read more »

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Paul Sees Family, Revisits Super Heroes

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 10, 2012 – 12:44 pm

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Nebraska’s native son Niles Paul has returned home to spend time catching up with his family.  A native of Omaha, Neb., he spent his college days only an hour away in Lincoln.

Going into the NFL, he knew that he would have to leave the land of Johnny Carson (and the band 311), and he ended up 20 hours away in Washington, D.C.

The NFL season is a grind for anyone, especially a fifth-round rookie looking to make the most of his opportunities.  But now that the season is over, it’s time for the family man to return to the Cornhusker State and catch up with family.  This was his exit interview, courtesy of Larry Michael and Redskins.com TV:

Paul jokes about playing tight end, but he was a key red zone player as the season developed, known for his blocking proficiency.  In his rookie campaign, he was the ultimate hybrid, spending time at wide receiver, running back, returner, tight end, and he was fifth on the team in special teams tackles.

Part of Paul’s ability to play so many positions is because he’s actually a super hero.  Here’s photographic evidence. Read more »

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Logan Paulsen Ready For Wedding Bells

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 3, 2012 – 5:15 pm

Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen came into this season unsure of his spot on the team.  He was an undrafted tight end out of UCLA last season, and he was battling a crowded numbers game between running backs, fullbacks and tight ends.

On the other hand, Paulsen’s fiancee was very sure of her job going into the fall as a high school teacher for American Literature and Critical Composition, in California.  Rather than asking his bride-to-be to relocate from the San Fernando Valley, Ca., Paulsen made the trip back east, alone.

In the months that followed, not only did he make the team out of training camp, but he appeared in every game this season, starting six, and rising to the No. 1 slot for the last four games.  He had career-highs in snaps, receptions and yards this season, snagging three passes for more than 20 yards.

Today was his first full day back in California since the bye week, and only the fourth time that he’s seen his fiancee since July.  They may need brief introductions. Read more »

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Injured Redskins Players Back In The Mix

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 2, 2012 – 5:45 pm

Open locker room on “Black Monday” is generally headlined by quiet, somber reflection for the teams and players that don’t make the playoffs.

But for injured players, this is the first time that many of them have been permitted to sit in on team meetings and team functions.  Rather than feeling like outsiders looking in, this is an opportunity for these players to stand alongside their teammates and look forward to next season.

“As a player who hasn’t produced for my team for what feels like forever, I’m really excited about starting over and moving forward,” tight end Chris Cooley said.  “Today is good for me because it feels like I’m back to the team.”

This was a fairly common sentiment in the locker room today, as injured players like Cooley, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Baker, Kedric Golston, Leonard Hankerson, and Tim Hightower all showed up to meet with coaches and clean out their lockers.

One advantage that the injured players have over their teammates is that they have already reflected on the disappointments of the 2011 season.  For Cooley, today was the first day of his preparation for the 2012 season, and it’s something that he was encouraging his teammates to do as well.

“I think a fresh start’s probably good for everyone right now, in terms of record and in terms of what we have going on right now,” he explained.  “I don’t think it sounds daunting, we just need to get back to work.”

After a quick shower and change into his sweatpants, he told teammate Logan Paulsen that he was off to go get in a workout.  From the sounds of it, we can expect to see Redskins No. 47 back on the field in 2012.

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