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Chris Cooley Planning To See Time At Fullback Against Buffalo

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – With Darrel Young injured, Chris Cooley will see time as the Washington Redskins’ fullback Thursday night in the preseason opener at Buffalo.

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Cooley said Monday the position is interchangeable with that of a tight end in the Redskins’ offense and, of all tight ends, he knows it the best. He played the position at Dallas last season when Young missed the game, as he likely will do Thursday, with a hamstring injury.

“I know our offense well, and I feel like I’m capable of playing any of those positions, so I’m excited for an opportunity to play a little fullback,” Cooley said.

The 6-foot-3, 243-pound tight end admitted he won’t be the strongest blocker, but he has no concerns about playing the position poorly.

“I think, as far as getting the blocks down – I’ve never had a problem getting the blocks down out of the backfield,” Cooley said. “Would you ever look at me as a punishing Mike Sellers, Darrel Young-type of blocker? No, but I’m going to get my block in the hole and get my hat on the linebacker, and running backs always have the chance to make the cut.”

Young pulled his left hamstring in practice on July 30 and probably will miss at least another week. Dorson Boyce is the only other fullback the Redskins have in camp.

Cooley hasn’t played in a game since breaking his left index finger against Philadelphia on Oct. 16, though it was inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee, not the finger, that ended his season.

He again maintained Monday he hasn’t had any trouble with the knee and believes he’s now capable of playing better than he has in recent years.

“I think my routes have looked better throughout training camp, and I feel like I’m getting back to being the player I know I can be,” Cooley said. “I think our staff knows what I can do and I know what I’m capable of, and that’s what everyone expects of me. I’ve got to continue to provide that on a daily basis and show everyone what I’m capable of to be where I need to be.”

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