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Cooley refuses to abandon comeback bid


Cooley refuses to abandon comeback bid

Thirty-three months removed from his last NFL reception, Chris Cooley wants back in. The former Redskin hasn’t been shy about it either, frequently discussing a comeback bid on his radio show.

The full-court press didn’t work. Redskins brass couldn’t be convinced. Last week’s acquisition of Derek Carrier all but slammed the door on Cooley’s playing days.

Or at least his playing days in Washington.

“I’m fine with the fact that it didn’t [happen here],” Cooley said Thursday. “It's not something I’m going to give up though. Just based on the fact that I want to do it, I believe I can do it and I’m going to regret it if I don’t try.”

This isn’t the first time the former All-Pro has flirted with un-retiring. But when the itch surfaced before, the thought of being released by another organization - or worse yet - not living up to his own standards, kept Cooley away.

“It’s over if it’s not this year,” he now acknowledges. “I don’t care how it ends as long as I try. It’s not going to hurt my pride, it’s not going to hurt me long term. It’s not going to hurt my psyche to have it not work.”

“It’s actually going to help me, I can step away and know it’s time to step away,” Cooley continues. “I don’t know that right now and I have to find that out for myself.”

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If Cooley - who says he's been working out since January - is to return, there’s only so many places that make sense. A rebuilding franchise would have little use for any aging vet who won’t be around beyond this season, but a team in 'win-now' mode - and thin at tight end - might. Cooley has been linked to the Arizona Cardinals, but he says other teams are interested as well.

“I’d be lying if I said it would mean the same to go somewhere else - it wouldn’t,” Cooley admits when faced with the prospect of playing for a team other than Washington. “My goal is to run out of the tunnel at the Super Bowl in a Redskins uniform - that would be incredible."

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.