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Posted at 7:30 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Chris Cooley reappears against Dallas

By Barry Svrluga

Against the New York Giants on Dec. 5, tight end Chris Cooley was targeted six times in the first half. In each of the two games since, though, the Redskins quarterback hasn't thrown Cooley the ball once in the first two quarters, waiting until the second half to involve the two-time Pro Bowler in the offense.

Cooley rebounded in Sunday's 33-30 loss to Dallas to score the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 62 yards on five catches -- all in the second half.

"Honestly, I didn't have a ton of opportunities in the first half," Cooley said. "I was wide open early on the play that was designed for me -- sack. We had a couple of issues with protection, I stayed in a little bit [to block]. A couple of other plays where guys make plays.

"I know it'd been discussed last week. Kyle [Shanahan, offensive coordinator] came to me in the second quarter and said, 'Look, I'm trying to find a way to get you the ball, man.' So, we're working."

Cooley was an essential part of the passing game down the stretch. His big 27-yard play late in the third quarter kick-started a scoring drive. He put an exclamation point on that possession with a two-point conversion in the third quarter. And on the game-tying drive, he made a 17-yard catch on third down to keep the Redskins alive.

Cooley is on pace for more than 850 yards, which would be a career-high. He currently has 67 catches, which already ranks as the third-most in his seven-year career.
So why can't the Redskins get him more involved early in games?

Mike Shanahan said, "A lot goes on there. I can't get into every call."

"Sometimes, you ask me for how many weeks -- eight weeks? -- 'How come Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are the only guys who get the ball?'" said Shanahan. "Then we do spread it out -- 'Why isn't Santana Moss and Chris Cooley getting the ball a little bit more?' That's just the nature of this game.

"Some guys won't get it in the first half and then all of a sudden, they'll change the defense and all of a sudden he becomes a primary receiver. That's going to fluctuate quite a bit."

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  Chris Cooley  
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Comments

wow, fat cooley can't carry jason witten's jock! he runs lame control routes and when practice squad safety barry church missed played him on a cover 2 corner route he acted like he was jerry smith on a date with barney frank. he is a dumpy, slow, plodder that can't beat man coverage and can't beat anyone in the seam. and grossbag, wow... shut the whole dumpster down. they were playing a 4-9 team with a 39 year old QB who is atrocious as well.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

wow, fat cooley can't carry jason witten's jock! he runs lame control routes and when practice squad safety barry church missed played him on a cover 2 corner route he acted like he was jerry smith on a date with barney frank. he is a dumpy, slow, plodder that can't beat man coverage and can't beat anyone in the seam. and grossbag, wow... shut the whole dumpster down. they were playing a 4-9 team with a 39 year old QB who is atrocious as well.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 19, 2010 8:33 PM
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are you serious?!!? witten is the 1st option in dallas' passing game...cooley isn'teven in the game plan and is 2nd on the team in receptions and yards...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 19, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Fat Cooley, the lame route runner? What nonsense. Go hang out in a Cowboy's site somewhere with the other doofuses. Both teams checked into yesterday's game at 5-9. Redskins are rebuilding. The Cowboys were picked to go to the Super Bowl this year.

How's that Super Bowl thing working out for you, donutkid?

Posted by: DJW4 | December 20, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I would never post on a Cowpukes fan site, why to these steer humpers think it's ok to post on ours?

Posted by: unquiltom | December 20, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Can't believe this cowgirl fan has the balls to post here. What was so good about their game yesterday? ha. I bet this guy still thinks they're going to the superbowl.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | December 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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