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Cooley Sets Franchise Mark For Tight Ends


With two receptions in Sunday's win over the New York Giants, Chris Cooley is now the Redskins' all-time leader in receptions by a tight end.

Cooley has 422 career catches, surpassing the 421 by tight end Jerry Smith, who played for the Redskins from 1965-77.

Cooley's 422 career receptions are also the fifth-most in franchise history. Only wide receivers Art Monk (888), Charley Taylor (649), Gary Clark (549) and Santana Moss (448) have more career catches than Cooley.

To go along with his 422 receptions, Cooley also has 4,659 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns in his career.

Cooley needs 838 more receiving yards to surpass Smith as the Redskins' all-time leader in that category. Smith has 5,496 career receiving yards.

Cooley, beginning his eighth season in Washington, said he was "pleased" to be able to play in the Redskins' season-opening 28-14 win over the New York Giants.

He had entered the game questionable due to a lingering knee injury. He had missed all of preseason and most of training camp rehabbing the knee.

"I felt great," he said after the game. "I did as much as I could for us and that felt great. So building on what I've done so far, I have a ton of confidence."

After Sunday's game, Cooley was excited to finally notch a win against the Giants after losing six in a row and nine of the last 10 to their NFC East rivals.

"We've watched film over the past few years and thought it was always a game we could win," he said. "They have been such a nemesis for us and to finally get that off our backs is huge."

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