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Chris Cooley, still without a catch, ‘not surprised’ by his role


Chris Cooley doesn’t have a catch since being re-signed by the Redskins (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Tight end Chris Cooley still doesn’t have a catch in the four games since the Redskins  re-signed him following Fred Davis’s season-ending injury.

But Cooley said Monday he isn’t particularly surprised or upset about his lack of opportunities.

“I didn’t know what to expect. I would have hoped for more at this point,” he said. “But it’s fun to be a part of this team. It’s fun to be a part of the two wins in a row. We’ll see if we can get hot and make the playoffs.”

Cooley said he’s not certain if he’ll have a more significant role in the offense during the remainder of the season.

“I can’t say,” he said. “I can’t say more than what I’ve done is going to happen. I’m prepared. And that’s, I think, all I can think of.”

Cooley participated in only three offensive plays during the Redskins’ win in Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Even so, he said he would have re-signed with the team following Davis’s injury even if he’d known his role would be this small.

“I’m excited to be here,” Cooley said. “I’m excited to have a chance to play if that chance comes.”

A tight end has contributed a touchdown catch in each of the last two games. Logan Paulsen had one against the Philadelphia Eagles and Niles Paul had one against the Cowboys.

“I think the group we have has done almost everything that has been asked of them,” Cooley said. “There’s been a lot of big plays made when the opportunities to make plays is there. And as far as having the offense operate, especially the last two weeks, I think we’ve done an outstanding job.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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