Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said the knee injury that limited him to five games last season is completely healed and that hes able to run full speed for the first time in long time.Everything feels good, Cooley said Thursday after the first morning walk through of training camp at Redskins Park. I took my time this offseason coming back from how I felt last year. I slowly worked into running harder and harder. Whatever level I was at, as soon as there was no problem, I advanced to another level.I feel good now, the 30-year-old Redskins mainstay added. I have no concerns. Im running at full speed right now. I spend no time in the training room.Returning to full health couldnt come at a more critical time for Cooley, who was limited to a career-low eight receptions for 65 yards in 2011. Hes been passed on the depth chart by Fred Davis, and figures to come under pressure from converted wide receiver Niles Paul for the backup role.Cooley also carries a salary cap hit of 6.23 million.Although it would be hard to imagine a Redskins roster without Cooley, hes taking nothing for granted as he prepares to enter his ninth season in Washington.One of the things thats going to make this team good is there is so much competition at every position, he said. Im excited about competition at the tight end position. It makes guys step up and perform under pressure, because they have to perform under pressure every day in practice.
When the Redskins draft Su’a Cravens in the second round, they told him that he would be a nickel outside linebacker. But his jersey number is 36, which is not a linebackers number; it is the number that safety Sean Taylor wore during his rookie year. And he was listed on the roster as a safety.
When speaking to the media yesterday, Scot McCloughan was still unsure what meeting room Cravens would sit in. Apparently the situation has been clarified. This morning McCloughan said that Cravens will play strong safety in the Redskins’ base defense.
“I think he’ll come in as a strong safety,” McCloughan told Mike Florio on PFT Live. “We’ll put him in that room first.”
The fact that they will start him off at safety, however, does not mean that they will not take advantage of his versatility.
“As you’re well aware, he has the ability to play outside backer,” said McCloughan. “The thing we’re excited about . . . is pass rush ability. We see him, in base, probably being a strong safety, in sub, be an outside backer, even play him at inside linebacker in sub.”
McCloughan sees Cravens as a player who can become a playmaker on a defense that doesn’t have many players like that.
“He’s a good football player, you know, he’s instinctive. Day 1, he talked into USC, starting making plays,” he said. “Again, he’s not the biggest, he’s not the fastest, he’s not the quickest but he makes plays. He’s got instincts. That’s what you look for on Sundays.”
In addition to releasing veteran cornerback Chris Culliver on Monday, the Redskins also released the following seven players:
— DL Christo Bilukidi
— LB Desmond Bishop
— WR LaRon Byrd
— DL Anthony Johnson
— DL Kamal Johnson
— CB Al Louis-Jean
— LB Derrick Mathews
None of the above players saw a snap for the Redskins last season.
ach was also a long shot to earn spots on Washington’s 2016 53-man roster and probably was displaced by a recent free agent addition and/or draft pick.
Dana Stubblefield, who played defensive tackle for the Redskins from 1998 until 2000, was charged on Monday in Santa Clara County, California for the rape of a disabled woman, according to Tim McInerny, the county's deputy district attorney.
Stubblefield, who joined the Redskins as a highly prized free agent prior to the 1998 season, is accused of an April 2015 incident in which he sexually assaulted a disabled woman he contacted through a through a babysitter website, acccording to the report.
“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” McInerny said. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”
The incident tookj place on April 9, 2015, when she interviewed with him for a job as a nanny at his Morgan Hill home, according to the report, she reported the alleged crime to the authorities immediately.
The details, as described by the San Jose Mercury News, are quite disturbing.
The interview lasted about 20 minutes, police said, then the woman left. Minutes later, she told police, she received a text message from Stubblefield saying he wanted to pay her for her time that day. She went back to the house where Stubblefield picked her up, carried her to a room and raped her, and forced her to "orally copulate him," the report said.
Stubblefield gave her $80 and let her go, the report said. The woman drove straight to the Morgan Hill Police Department, where she reported being assaulted by a man named "Dana."
Stubblefield, through his attorney called the accusations both "false" and "fraudulent," according to the report.
Stubblefield was selected by ther San Francisco 49ers with the No. 26 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Kansas and made it to three Pro Bowls before joining the Redskins.
His name was also mentioned on the list of clients of BALCO labrotories in 2008 in the same incident that revealed Marion Jones' use of performance-enhacing drugs.
Bail for Stubblefield has been set at $25,000, and he faces five felony counts related to the assault, according to McInerny.