Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Captain. Fan Favorite. Funny man.
Chris Cooley has been one of the few consistent offensive weapons for the Redskins for nearly a decade and a fixture in the Northern Virginia community where he has made his home.
Still, time champions all in the NFL and in 2011, it appeared that perhaps Cooley was beginning to lose the battle.
Working against Cooley's resurgence in 2012 is the fact that the Redskins are deeper at the tight end position than perhaps anywhere else on the depth chart.
Fred Davis and Niles Paul are young, ultra-athletic receiving threats who are firmly in the mold of the next-generation tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.
The Shanahans will hold on to Cooley as long as they can purely because he commands such a high level of respect amongst his teammates.
Of course, a great showing at training camp could add to the reasons why job security, at least in the short term, should be warranted.
Tight ends are quickly becoming a quarterback's best friend and, with Robert Griffin III looking to make good friends quickly, Cooley's wealth of experience and football acumen may well make him the Harry to RG3's Lloyd, the Riggs to his Murtaugh, the Watson to his Sherlock, the—
You get it.
Chris Cooley is looking to get back to being in the thick of things and being, as he has been for some time, the most reliable set of hands on the Redskins roster.
Here's hoping Captain Chaos rediscovers his stride.