Should the Jets Look Into Chris Cooley?

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Dec 04, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets fullback Josh Baker (45) during the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. the Jets defeated the Redskins 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

A lot of people talk about the fact that Chris Cooley isn’t a good run blocker, which is true. His reputation is pretty poor as a blocker. The argument is being made that the Jets should not look into this guy, because we should be looking for a blocking tight end. That part is true, we do need a blocking tight end. But, the reason the Jets should look into Cooley is the guy to the left. Josh Baker.

Josh Baker was having an excellent training camp, working in the H-Back/TE role. Until, that is, the horrific collision that Baker suffered on Sunday night, ending his 2012 season. This is a role that will be valuable to the Jets, especially in the red zone. This would be why the Jets should still make inquiries on Cooley, despite the fact that he is not a good blocker.

If, of course, a few things check out.

First, he has to be willing to play the role that the Jets are looking for. Cooley has been a starter for his entire career, and that will not, and should not, happen if he comes to New York. Despite the shortcomings that a lot of people point out with Dustin Keller, he has been Mark Sanchez’s most consistent weapon, and has earned the right to start for this team. Chris Cooley has to be able to accept a lesser role, or bringing him in is not even worth discussing.

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