Chris Cooley considers DeSean Jackson best WR in NFL

Whatever beef Chris Cooley had with DeSean Jackson has seemingly been resolved.

The former Redskins tight end, speaking on his weekly radio show, said he considers Jackson one of, if not the best receiver in the NFL.

“You could really consider [Jackson] maybe the best receiver in football,” Cooley said on his ESPN 980 radio program, per the Washington Post.

Cooley, who spent nine seasons with the Redskins, was openly critical of Jackson last month, saying he doesn’t try to block anybody. Now, in a change of heart, Cooley made the case for Jackson’s standing.

“Right now? He’s top five,” Cooley argued. “Has done so with three different starting quarterbacks. I think that’s incredible. He’s made plays with shorts catches, he’s made with screens he’s made plays down the field. I think he’s one of the more versatile [receivers].”

Cooley told co-host Steve Czaban that Jackson is better than the likes of Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall.

Jackson ranks seventh in the NFL with 784 receiving yards, ahead of Jones, Bryant and Marshall. His 21.8 yards-per-catch average is best among the aforementioned elites, as are his nine 40-plus-yard plays.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions.


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