After passing his physical, the Washington Redskins welcome back a familiar face in TE Chris Cooley.
Cooley was released in late-August after he had finally been cleared to play from the arthroscopic surgery he had on his left knee in January 2011. The job, immediately, went to Fred Davis.
The problem is, Davis suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Sunday against the New York Giants, and that put Cooley in a position to be an ultimate opportunist.
Cooley, a two-time pro bowler, is now going to be receiving passes from rookie stud QB Robert Griffin III.
For fantasy owners, this sounds mighty appealing considering he put up good production numbers in years where the Redskins’ quarterback was average, at best. But let’s not jump on the bandwagon just yet.
Cooley is 30 years of age, not something to be overly concerned with. He’s still in his prime, but considering his health issues, it’s smoke in the air of whether or not he can produce right away.
He’s been away from the game for about a year and a half. There is a chance he’s rusty. Plus, there’s a chance he doesn’t start right away as Logan Paulsen could be in line for receiving most of the reps, and that’s at least until Cooley has been caught up to speed.
But say when Cooley does get back on the field, that doesn’t mean he and RG3 will click from the get go.
As aforementioned, the Griffin-to-Cooley duo could be great, just not certain it’ll be this season.
When Davis was in action, he actually hadn’t caught a touchdown. Therefore, he will finish the year without one.
The best game Davis had for fantasy owners, this season, is when he had a 90 receiving yard game against the Cincinnati Bengals, which was good for nine points. That isn’t good enough.
However, Cooley has been known as an excellent pass catching tight end; he just needs time to get his feet wet.
Claim him off the waiver wire if you’re in a keeper league, but if you need production now, then pass.
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