General Manager Bruce Allen had a conversation with Chris Cooley on Thursday but the Redskins are not close to re-signing the former tight end, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.Allen first broached the possibility of bringing back the fan favorite during a speaking engagement at the National Press Club last week. Cooley announced that he had been released during an unexpected and tear-filled announcement at Redskins Park on August 28.I didnt talk to Chris, Shanahan said after practice on Friday. But Bruce had a chance to talk to him a little bit yesterday. It was a good conversation. Chris has been such a big part of this organization. Hes looked at his options.Shanahan said Cooley still wants to be a starter in the NFL and seems content to wait for that opportunity.We talked about things that could possibly happen throughout the year, Shanahan added. But if he did go to another team, it would to be as a starter. If he doesnt have that opportunity, I think hes going to just sit back and evaluate as time goes on. But hes not going to make any decisions quickly.An injury to Redskins starting tight end Fred Davis or fullback Darrel Young could open that door for Cooley, who lives in Leesburg, Va.Theres a good conversation but Im not going to go through our conversation and all the different scenarios, Shanahan said. He means to this organization and right now he would like to come back as a starter if someone goes down."
Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best.
- November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama.
- October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.
- January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers.
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The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.
But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.
“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,
“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”
If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.