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Week 1 vs. DAL
Receiving: 6 / 80 / 0 on 9 targets
Cooley was basically the other half of Donovan McNabb's recievers. He had some short receptions as a check down option but also made a couple 20 yard run and catches. On running downs he had a few nice blocks on DeMarcus Ware on the perimeter.
Week 2 vs. HOU
Receiving: 3 / 64 / 1 on 3 targets
Cooley was not heavily involved in the passing game but made a couple big plays when it counted. He got wide open on 35 yard gain into red zone. He was again wide open on a play action bootleg that McNabb got to him for a 22 yard touchdown.
Week 3 vs. STL
Receiving: 5 / 53 / 0 on 8 targets
On a short pass, Cooley showed his reliable hands but also his lack of open field moves. He had two targets near the end zone including a screen pass, which he failed to convert for both the first down and touchdown. His longest catch came on the last drive of the game.
Week 4 vs. PHI
Receiving: 2 / 37 / 1 on 5 targets
Chris Cooley caught a nice 31-yard touchdown in the first quarter as he beat LB Stewart Bradley one on one down the seam for the score. Cooley was only able to convert one of his four other targets for a short catch but his touchdown certainly made up for the rest of his lack of production. Expect Cooley to be targeted often in Week 5 against Green Bay.
Week 5 vs. GB
Receiving: 7 / 69 / 0 on 12 targets
Due to the intense pressure that the Packers were putting on Donovan McNabb, Cooley was a big part of the short passing game for the Redskins. When McNabb was in trouble, and needed to check down or dump off a short pass to avoid the sack, Cooley was usually there to make the reception. Despite his 12 targets and seven receptions, Cooley's only first down was his biggest play of the game: a nice 30 yard late in the fourth to set up the game-tying field goal. McNabb was under pressure again and checked down to Cooley over the middle. Cooley spun away from one tackler and broke another as he rumbled down the field for a big gain. He caught another short pass on the next play and three plays later, the Redskins tied the game, sending it into overtime.
Week 6 vs. IND
Receiving: 5 / 37 / 0 on 8 targets
Chris Cooley was involved early and often on Sunday night for the Redskins. Donovan McNabb looked his mostly over the middle on short routes. Cooley was on his way to having a very solid game before leaving with what looked like a concussion.
Week 7 vs. CHI
Receiving: 7 / 52 / 0 on 9 targets
Chris Cooley is being targeted on short passes often by Donovan McNabb. For the most part, he is lining up at or near the line of scrimmage and releasing out via slant or hook route to gather in short, outlet passes from his quarterback. On Sunday against the Bears, his best catch came on a 14 yard reception on 2nd and 12 that resulted in a game-clinching first down with less then two minutes to play in the game. Shortly thereafter, the Redskins were able to kneel on three snaps and run out the clock, securing the win.
Week 8 vs. DET
Receiving: 4 / 48 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley's production was hampered by poor throws from a QB under pressure and could not get into a rhythm with his QB. He got a decent number of targets, but they were often off target or easily batted down by defenders. Cooley had a nice catch and run where he slipped by two tacklers and also used as a check down option for McNabb. Like all Redskins receivers, this was not a day for production through the air as his QB was constantly under fire.
Week 10 vs. PHI
Receiving: 3 / 23 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley caught 3 passes in week 10 despite his team playing from behind vs. a relaxed coverage unit. Overall Cooley had a tough night as he dropped a few passes and came off of the field for a few stretches limping. His general health may be starting to take a toll on his production.
Week 11 vs. TEN
Receiving: 7 / 91 / 0 on 9 targets
Cooley didn't emerge in this game until late, but promptly made his presence known. Cooley was his usual dominating presence over the middle. Titan LB's struggled to contain him late in the game, and he turned even check down passes into big plays with his catch and run ability. Cooley is quicker than his frame indicates and is a big load to tackle to the ground. WAS was able to use him to create a lot of mis matches in the passing game vs. safeties and he excelled one on one match ups. He was a chain mover for this team and showed cat line balance by catching a pass on the sideline while having a defender simply bounce off him for a big gain late in the game.
Week 12 vs. MIN
Receiving: 5 / 49 / 0 on 8 targets
Cooley had 5 catches and was able to work the middle of the field and get open for McNabb. Cooley is definitely a favorite of McNabb and was able to keep the chains moving by continually finding seams and getting good gains after the catch.
Week 13 vs. NYG
Receiving: 6 / 61 / 0 on 12 targets
Cooley continues to be one of McNabb's favorite targets and was once again a guy the quarterback looked to frequently. Many of McNabb's throws were less-then spectacular, and Cooley had problems coming down with the ball. Cooley made a nice catch at one point, with a good run after the catch but found himself unable to shake pursuit and string the defenders out, never being able to turn upfield. Cooley makes the tough catches when he can but like everyone else, was often swarmed right after he made his catch.
Week 14 vs. TB
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 0 on 4 targets
Not much impact here in the passing game. Cooley caught a ball very late in the 4th quarter that was his 1st of the game. It looks like Cooley also has not scored a touchdown pass since week 4. While certainly most weeks he garners quite a few targets he was not looked upon until late in the football game.
Week 15 vs. DAL
Receiving: 5 / 62 / 1 on 7 targets
Chris Cooley had a nice game as the Redskins primary underneath receiver. While Anthony Armstrong and Santana Moss were running deep routes to draw the defense away from the line of scrimmage, Cooley had a great deal of success running flag routes and curl patterns between 7 and 15 yards down field. He also caught a four yard touchdown on a crossing route as well as a two point conversion. Cooley is not running the same routes as other Mike Shanahan tight ends like Shannon Sharpe, likely as a result of his increased blocking duties and the fact that he rarely lines up split of the line. More often he lines up short in the backfield or close to the offensive line and releases in to quick outs, hitches, and quick slants. The Cowboys placed a linebacker on Cooley in coverage and the tight end was able to use his speed and precise route running to get open against less agile defenders.
Week 16 vs. JAX
Receiving: 5 / 48 / 0 on 11 targets
Cooley dropped four straight targets after catching his first one. One of the drops was a wide open end zone target that the announcers even called a TD before Cooley let the ball go through his hands. He did get involved on shorter check down targets in the second half and salvaged a decent day, but a bigger stat line was there for the taking. Cooley hasn't had major hands issues during his career, so this was probably a fluke.
Week 17 vs. NYG
Receiving: 5 / 53 / 0 on 7 targets
Cooley had a nice bounce back game after last week where he failed to hold onto the football. Cooley was used in blocking a lot but also had his opportunities to get down the field and attack the middle. Cooley was able to run free from the line of scrimmage on numerous occasions and haul in several passes down the seam or over the middle of the field. Cooley can use his power to push defenders away at the line and get open aswell. Cooley regained his form and caught the ball very well from Grossman, never having to run many different routes to get open as the redskins were determined to attack the middle of the field.