Like most teams, the Washington Redskins use their punter as their holder on field goals. But Redskins punter Josh Bidwell took today off from organized team activities, and so head coach Mike Shanahan had to press his backup holder — tight end Chris Cooley — into action.
“It’s probably the first time I’ve ever been around Chris where he looked a little nervous,” Shanahan said, per our friend Matt Terl of Redskins.com. “Y’know, something he wasn’t comfortable with. I’m not sure if he’s ever done it before. But Chris has got excellent hands; we wanted to take a look in our OTAs, see if he could handle the ball, obviously, as a holder, and I thought he did a good job.”
Cooley said it makes sense for him to hold on field goals because, “Clearly, I have the best hands on the team.”
Although Bidwell will probably hold when the season starts, Cooley says if he’s pressed into action in a game he won’t have any trouble.
“It’s not that hard,” Cooley said.
Try telling that to Tony Romo.