Washington • When the Washington Redskins lost their highly productive tight end, Fred Davis, to a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear last month, then promptly re-signed popular veteran Chris Cooley, some observers figured the team might simply plug Cooley into Davis's spot in the lineup and try to keep the offense moving.
It hasn't come close to working out that way. Cooley has been given few chances to contribute to the offense since returning, and the former Utah State star remains without a catch in the four games since the Redskins brought him back. But the team has continued to get some production at the position from Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul; each has contributed a touchdown catch during the Redskins' current two-game winning streak.
"I think the group we have has done almost everything that has been asked of them," Cooley said Monday at Redskins Park. "There's been a lot of big plays made when the opportunities to make plays is there. And as far as having the offense operate, especially the last two weeks, I think we've done an outstanding job."