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Chris Cooley really, really, really wants to return to the Redskins

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Chris Cooley really, really, really wants to return to the Redskins

With news breaking that Logan Paulsen's toe injury may be something that leaks into the regular season, Redskins fans immediately turned their attention toward one single question: Could that open the door for Chris Cooley making a return to his former team?

That same question was posed to head coach Jay Gruden during his Wednesday press conference, and Gruden certainly didn't rule out the possibility. "We haven't talked about that yet," he said. The coach did admit, however, that once Paulsen's status becomes more clear, the team will "start looking possibly for others."

Later in the day, Cooley himself made a radio appearance on ESPN 980, and was also asked for his thoughts about beginning a second stint in D.C. And while the 33-year-old acknowledged that the decision isn't really up to him, he did say getting the call to come back would be a dream come true. 

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"Of course I'd wanna play for the Redskins," Cooley said. "That'd literally be the greatest thing in the world."

A large contingent of Burgundy and Gold supporters would agree with that sentiment, though it's still a long way from becoming a reality. With that being said, Paulsen's toe problems, as well as Jordan Reed's durability issues, have created a sudden need for the Redskins at the position. In addition, Cooley later went on to say that he knows Jay Gruden's offense, seemingly hinting that he could contribute quicker than other options on the market. 

Gruden told the media he wants to evaluate in-house options before looking elsewhere, but if the three other tight ends on the Redskins roster look lackluster in the team's preseason opener on Thursday against Cleveland, he may be forced to do so sooner rather than later. This ongoing saga has taken a lot of intriguing turns recently, and after hearing Cooley gush about how much he wants to become a Redskin again, a lot of people will be waiting to see what comes next. 

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

<< Go here to see our ranking of the 2018 Redskins, players 31-53. >>

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp. Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

—All three specialists.

—The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

Go here to see our ranking of the 2018 Redskins, players 31-53

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

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No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job. 

Except he didn't. 

O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning. 

Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected. 

How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?

Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018. 

Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part. 

Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason. 

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