With two major weapons in Chris Cooley and Fred Davis, the Washington Redskins on Sunday utilized multiple tight end sets for nearly 80 percent of their offensive plays, and Coach Mike Shanahan said you can expect to see plenty more of that this season.
Cooley played in the opener despite missing all of the preseason with a balky knee and only practiced fully one day last week. He recorded two catches for 21 yards while working his way back into the flow.
Meanwhile, Davis posted a career day with five catches and 105 yards.
Washington started the game with Cooley and Davis on the field, and they occasionally added Logan Paulsen to the mix for a three-tight end look.
Shanahan said those multiple tight end packages play to the Redskins’ strengths and also give their offense greater unpredictability. Both excellent route-runners with good speed, Cooley and Davis are capable of not only lining up as traditional tight ends, but also splitting out wide as receivers would.