Redskins' Cooley: Eagles are 'team to beat'

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said, “I think Philly’s the team to beat." (Nick Wass/AP)

Always outspoken Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has borrowed a phrase from Jimmy Rollins and proclaimed the Eagles as "the team to beat" in the NFC East.

“I think Philly’s the team to beat, looking at what they’ve done right now," he said during an interview with 106.7 The Fan in Washington, according to "But when you look at the NFL and you look at the East, everyone can be very good. I wouldn’t be surprised, any way, to see New York and Dallas both being excellent football teams. It’s a tough division and it always will be, but when you look at what Philly did and when you look at the players they have and coming off the year they had last year, I think they’re a very good football team. Obviously we’re not the team to beat based on the way we played last year and what we’ve done over the past couple years.”

Of course, Cooley is not ruling out that any team could win the division.

"Yeah, I have no question," he said. "You could say any team would win it and I wouldn’t be surprised.” 

Cooley has been hampered by a knee injury but said he hopes to play Sunday against the Giants in the opener.


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