Cooley Is Eager to Play in Denver
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran and David Elfin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
For a kid from Logan, Utah, playing in Denver is as close as he will get to an NFL homecoming. So Washington Redskins H-back Chris Cooley had to secure 60 tickets for tomorrow's game against the Broncos.
"I told my grandma to put the money in a silver briefcase for when I trade her for the tickets," Cooley said. "I'm not going to see anybody, but I do want to play well because all those people will be there just to watch me play."
Growing up, Cooley's favorite team was the Broncos and his favorite player was John Elway. But his clearest memory of the Broncos is actually a defeat - the Redskins' 42-10 victory in Super Bowl XXII when Cooley was just 5.
"That was the first year I was a huge football fan and I cried when that game was over," he said. "We had a big party that day and I had the little shoulder pads on and right when they started to lose, I went outside to play football with my little brother and that was the day I was like, 'I want to play football.' "
Cooley is coming off a season-high four catches against Seattle last week. He ranks second on the Redskins with nine catches and 115 receiving yards and his yards-per-catch has improved from 8.5 last season, when he caught 37 passes, to 12.8 this year.
"I thought I played a lot better [against Seattle] - it's been an adjustment for me playing the whole game again," he said. "Last year, I played about 60 percent of the time, so I was never winded or tired. Now I'm out there all the time and we're having 12- and 15-play drives. It took me a couple games to feel good on those long drives and into the fourth quarter."
It's a snap
Veteran Redskins snapper Ethan Albright is working with rookie kicker Nick Novak and second-year punter/holder Derrick Frost. They've replaced the injured John Hall and Tom Tupa, who have a combined 26 seasons of NFL experience.
While saying the snapping part is "the same old, same old," Albright - who, at 34, is nine years older than Novak and Frost - chuckled while pointing to a picture of his four children. …