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Chris Cooley: Young is without question the Redskins’ fullback

Although Chris Cooley is happy to help his team and likes the unpredictability Washington offers with him lined up at fullback and Fred Davis at tight end, Cooley insists that Darrel Young is the best option at fullback for the Redskins.

Cooley in Sunday’s 17-10 win over the St. Louis Rams continued to fill in at fullback with Young out a second straight week with a strained hamstring.

Cooley, the most prolific tight end in Redskins history, recorded only one catch for four yards while taking on more of a lead role, and his contributions helped the Redskins rush for a season-high 196 yards on 40 carries.

But after the game, Cooley said he isn’t about to take Young’s job.

“I’ll do whatever they ask me to do. I want to be on the field,” said Cooley, who this season has seven catches for 66 yards. “Ideally, do I want to line up at tight end and move around and run routes? Absolutely, yes. There’s not a question. But I’ll do whatever they want me to do. DY will be healthy, and if we want to have a fullback – I can tell you all day that I can run at fullback, but he’s unquestionably the fullback of this football team.”

Young was limited in practice the last two weeks, but is closer to returning to action. With the Redskins set to enter the bye week and not scheduled to play again until Oct. 16, the second-year pro could possibly receive enough recovery time to return to full speed when the Redskins get back to work.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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