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Week 1 vs. NYG
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
Cooley was pretty much a nonfactor in this game. He caught a pass for 18 yards in the second quarter, but the play was called back because of penalty. It was the only pass thrown to him in the first half as the Redskins' pass game was completely ineffective. Cooley didn't catch his first pass of the game until there were three minutes left in the fourth quarter. He caught a short seven yard pass near the left side line. It appeared that Cooley was used some as a blocker and his only catch came on check down after the pocket started to collapse on QB Jason Campbell. Not a good start for the player who was Washington's leading receiver last year.
Week 2 vs. NO
Receiving: 5 / 72 / 0 on 6 targets
Cooley returned to form this week after a quiet 2008 debut last week. The Redskins capitalized on the mismatch that Cooley presented the Saints linebackers. Cooley was often left wide open. He had a couple of solid gains by finding the soft spots in the New Orleans zone coverage. Last week was likely not the normal stat line to expect for Cooley.
Week 3 vs. ARI
Receiving: 7 / 72 / 0 on 8 targets
Cooley had a big game. Cooley is quickly becoming his young quarterback's favorite target. His line read seven catches for 72 yards, many of the catches being key third down conversions that sustained scoring drives. The Redskins continue to move Cooley around in various formations to create mismatches. He was often lined up in the slot to get him one on one with slower linebackers and safeties.
Week 4 vs. DAL
Receiving: 4 / 28 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley was used sparingly in the passing game as he was kept in to block and help defend the Dallas pass rush. It was not until about half way through the second quarter before he made his first catch. His stat line was rather modest as Cooley was used primarily on third downs and to keep the chains moving. His blocking helped free Portis for a big game.
Week 5 vs. PHI
Receiving: 8 / 109 / 1 on 10 targets
Cooley was the focus of the Washington passing game. Cooley often found himself covered by linebackers. As a result, he was targeted early and often. Cooley's 26 yard reception was good for Washington's longest pass play. He also caught an 18 yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle El. Cooley dropped a short swing pass, but likely wouldn't have gained much if anything had he caught it.
Week 6 vs. STL
Receiving: 5 / 57 / 0 on 6 targets
After a slow start to the season in which he was barely targeted in the passing game, TE Chris Cooley has once again returned as a tour de force factor in the teams overall plans. He converted five of his six targets against the Rams for 57 yards and no TDs. There weren't many red zone opportunities for the Redskins on Sunday, so it wouldn't be fair to judge the zero TDs too harshly.
Week 7 vs. CLE
Receiving: 4 / 32 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley ran his short routes well, and may have gained more yards if not for good defensive play by his defender on a couple occasions he was targeted. He was unable to break free for any long gains as he was tackled immediately after catching short passes.
Week 8 vs. DET
Receiving: 6 / 74 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley was the red hot QB Jason Campbell's second favorite target on the day as he was regularly able to either get open in Detroit's soft secondary or take short screens and bull through the defense. While the numbers he finished the day with were certainly worthy of one of the league's best receiving TEs, were it not for some unfortunate penalties as the first quarter wound down, Cooley would have added another two receptions an additional 36 yards. That would have been enough to push him over the century mark.
Week 9 vs. PIT
Receiving: 8 / 78 / 0 on 11 targets
One of the few bright spots for Washington in this game, Cooley hauled in nine of his 11 targets. Four of his catches went for gains of 12 yards or more with his long reception going for a pickup of 14. Cooley was targeted near the end zone late in the game, but the pass fell incomplete.
Week 11 vs. DAL
Receiving: 7 / 47 / 0 on 9 targets
Cooley was the leading Redskins receiver with seven balls and 49 yards. Many of his catches were on plays with rolls outs and play action. He and Campbell had some solid gains with screen plays.
Week 12 vs. SEA
Receiving: 5 / 54 / 0 on 8 targets
Cooley played well and made the most of his eight targets catching five of them. He was primarily a possession receiver in this game and helped convert some key third down situations for the Redskins. The bread and butter play for Cooley is a play action fake to Portis on the edge and Campbell then rolls out to opposite direction where he proceeds to hit Cooley on the backside of the play.
Week 13 vs. NYG
Receiving: 6 / 71 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley was used extensively in the passing game and led the Redskins in receiving. He caught six balls for 71 yards as it often took multiple Giants defenders to bring him down. He primarily was targeted short, being forced to use his legs to gain good yardage after the catch and do everything he could to keep the Redskins offense on the field.
Week 14 vs. BAL
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 4 targets
TE Chris Cooley only managed one reception in the loss for the Redskins.
Week 15 vs. CIN
Receiving: 6 / 51 / 0 on 8 targets
Despite finishing second on his team in targets, Cooley's 51 yards on six receptions was average at-best. Both his best and his worst moment in the game came on his first reception. On that play he took a short pass underneath from QB Jason Campbell and turned it up the right side for a gain of 19 yards. Unfortunately, as he was tackled he coughed up the ball and the Redskins' first drive came to a screeching halt.
Week 16 vs. PHI
Receiving: 4 / 28 / 0 on 5 targets
The freshly named Pro Bowl tight end was held in check with only four receptions for 28 yards. Campbell really spread the ball out and no one player had more then five receptions. Cooley was used close to the line of scrimmage and rarely stretched the field.
Week 17 vs. SF
Receiving: 6 / 57 / 0 on 7 targets
With the Washington passing game somewhat limited in its usage, Cooley didn't get the ball thrown to him as much as usual. Even so, he converted on six of his seven targets and finished second on the team with 57 receiving yards. In this game Cooley tended to be utilized on short routes or screen passes as opposed to strikes downfield, and while Cooley did come close to a score late in the game, he was stopped at the two yard line.