After injuries to Redskins receivers, it's 'next man up'
With Jordan Reed’s status uncertain because of a concussion, it’s possible, if not probable at this point, that the Redskins will to turn to tight end Fred Davis on Monday night.
Davis, the Redskins’ top receiver last season prior to tearing his Achilles’ tendon, has been inactive the past five games. He missed out on a $500,000 games-played bonus in his contract as a result, and was only targeted seven times in the four games in which he did suit up.
But, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Davis did not mope or check out on the coaching staff. And now it looks like he'll get another opportunity.
“Fred hasn’t quit,” Shanahan said. “This year definitely hasn’t gone for him how he wanted it to. We went with other guys in situations …He’s done a lot more scout team reps than he ever has done in his career. Some guys cane mope on scout team, but Fred has worked harder on scout team than I’ve seen him work.”
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Despite the drastic downturn in his production, Davis has plenty of reason to remain motivated: At 27, he still possesses the potential be a No. 1 tight end. And with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, he knows he’s auditioning for a job next year—if not here, then somewhere else.
Davis said he anticipates being active against the 49ers, but he did not want to speculate about how much of a role he might have in the game plan.
“All I need is a little bit of opportunity,” Davis said. “That’s all, just a little bit.”
Davis hasn’t played since the Dallas game on Oct. 13 when he wasn’t targeted once for the second game in a row. Since then, he’s bided his time in practice and, in the words of Shanahan, worked on his game.
“He’s tried to improve and get better in his game, not just for the team but also for himself,” Shanahan said. “He hasn’t wasted the last six weeks because he hasn’t been playing. I think he’s used it to try to improve in certain areas and I had a strong feeling it was only a matter of time before his opportunity would come with us. And it looks like he’s got a good chance for that this week.”
Reed, meantime, didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday.