RT's 5: Cooley sheds some pounds

RT's 5: Cooley sheds some pounds
May 22, 2012, 11:03 am
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Rich Tandlers five things possibly related to the Washington Redskins and other matters.5. London Fletcher probably didnt mean to take a shot at Rex Grossman and John Beck at his press conference after the OTA session but he did. When asked if the trade for the draft rights to Robert Griffin III influenced his decision to re-sign with the Redskins, the 37-year old captain said that it did. Im in my 15th season, to go into another year with not having a quarterback was not very appealing to me, he said. Ill tell you that. Clearly, Beck and Grossman were not quarterbacks who inspired much confidence. It does not appear that RG3 has that problem.4. I will have a full article on Chris Cooley later today or tomorrow but I was surprised to hear him say that his weight is down to 237. Thats 18 pounds lighter than his listed weight of 255 and just a couple of pounds heavier than converted wide receiver Niles Paul. The lighter weight is great for running routes but not necessarily good when it comes to taking on 270-pound linebackers. We will see if Cooley can make up for his reduced bulk with leverage and technique when he needs to block. The answer to that will have to wait until training camp, when full-contact blocking is allowed, and the preseason games.3. Speaking of Paul, he looked very good yesterday. Every time you looked up he was catching another dart from Griffin. That doesnt mean that he is going to jump ahead of Cooley or Fred Davis on the depth chart but it cant hurt to develop a good rapport with the starting quarterback.2. It was somewhat surprising to see Tim Hightower, about seven months removed from tearing his ACL, on the field taking handoffs from Griffin. He ran straight ahead for the most part; he probably wont be able to cut until training camp. I saw him about 30 minutes after the workout, running sprints on the field turf in the bubble. He is not all the way back by any means but he is on his way.1. Griffin was as good as advertised yesterday. He threw with zip and accuracy, getting some passes into small openings. He was confident and clearly in charge as he went up to the line of scrimmage. It was time to get out of the playbook and, in his words, go out and play and he clearly enjoyed and savored the experience. The caveat is that its relatively easy to look good while wearing shorts with no contact allowed against defenders likely to be reserves when the season starts. The true test will come when the pads go on against hostile first-teamers. But were not at that point yet and based on what we have to go on its so far, so good.Days until: minicamp 21; training camp 65; preseason opener @ Bills 79; Redskins @ Saints 110; home opener vs. Bengals 124Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.