Davis 'surprised' by lack of playing time

Davis 'surprised' by lack of playing time
September 19, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Fred Davis says he was surprised and frustrated by his lack of playing time in Sunday’s loss at Lambeau Field. 

“It was a surprise,” Davis said Thursday at Redskins Park. “It was kind of frustrating, definitely. You want to help out. I just had to roll with the punches.”

Davis played 16 snaps, including only five in the second half. Rookie Jordan Reed, meantime, led all Redskins’ tight ends with 29 snaps on offense, while Logan Paulsen lined up for 25.

In the Redskins' season-opening loss to the Eagles, Davis played 48 snaps.

“They are trying to get everyone involved in different situations,” Davis said. “It’s a little bit different from last year because everybody has different roles now.”

He added: “It was kind of like that during practice. Before we even came for the game, we were rotating a lot. If someone got a good drive, they just leave them in.”

Davis acknowledged a missed assignment and a dropped pass against the Packers. Davis also had a dropped pass against the Eagles.

On Wednesday, Coach Mike Shanahan hinted that Davis’s reduction of time was linked to practice.

“Most of the decisions we make are based on how people practice and what gives us the best opponent to win,” Shanahan said, asked about Reed playing more than Davis. “So if a guy goes into those situations, it means that he’s done a great job during the week and we feel he deserved that opportunity. Or it could be a guy drops a ball during a game [and] the other guy’s hot and you go in that direction. There are a lot of factors that are involved. You’re trying to do what you think gives you the best chance to win.”

Davis, who is coming off surgery on his Achilles’ and is playing on a one-year contract, denied that the problem is practice habits.

“Nah, I work hard in practice,” Davis said. “I do pretty good. I do my job. So I don’t feel like that’s problem for me. I had one [missed assignment] in the game. But I don’t know if that might have changed it. But that happens in games. A lot guys had MA’s. I don’t know; I just think that was the plan.”

The challenge in the coming days, Davis said, is not getting discouraged and making the most of his chance when it comes.

“I just need to make plays whenever I get the opportunity, making blocks, doing all the plays I know I can do,” he added. “It’s the only thing I can do.”