Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Let's Look At........

Let's Look At..... is a regular off-season feature that will focus on each position of the Redskins. It's a simple primer to get you ready for training camp and frankly help fill the void of the off-season.

The Tight Ends

2008 Summary: For Chris Cooley, it was a real good year in one aspect and a dissapointing one in another. Cooley set a career high in catches with 83 but had an all time low in TD catches with only one. That one TD wasn't even thrown by Jason Campbell, but by Antwaan Randle-El on a option pass. Todd Yoder also had a TD catch (see picture above) but is used more for his blocking skills than pass catching ability. Fred Davis had a hard time getting on the field and only caught three passes.

Player

Rec Yds
Yds/Rec Long TD

Chris Cooley 83 849 10.2 28 1

Todd Yoder 8 50 6.3 14 1
Fred Davis 3 27 9.0 15 0

Current Roster: Robert Agnone, Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Todd Yoder

Biggest Position Battle: In this case I wouldn't really call this a position battle but more of a situational battle between Fred Davis and Todd Yoder. Yoder is more of a blocking TE while Davis is the pass catching threat. It really depends on how the team uses these two to determine who's going to get more time, but I do expect the Skins to try to get Davis on the field to give Jason Campbell another target.

Player to Watch: Fred Davis

This needs to be a breakout year for the former USC TE and 2008 2nd round pick. Last year, Davis hardly saw the field and became more known for oversleeping and missing a practice. In 2008 he only caught 3 passes, but he appears to be putting the effort to have a much better 2009. The coaches have taken notice and hopefully Davis can step up and be a great complement and possibly even spell Chris Cooley.

Projected Starter: Chris Cooley. It's pretty much a no brainer to expect Captain Chaos out on the field as much as possible since Cooley has pretty good hands and has an amazing knack at finding a way to get open no matter who's covering him. Then, once he makes the catch is incredibly tough to bring down. The Redskins need to find ways to get the ball to the TEs inside the Red Zone. Only 2 TD catches in 2008 is way too few for one of the stronger units on the offensive side of the ball.

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