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Davis looking for a full, productive 2013

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Davis looking for a full, productive 2013

If the NFL had an All-Pro team for players who were on pace to have good years before having their seasons ended prematurely, Fred Davis would be a two-time member.

In 2011, the Redskins’ tight end was on pace to catch 79 passes for 1064 yards before a drug-related suspension ended his season after 12 games. Last year he was just starting to get into the swing of the Redskins’ new offense and through six games he was on pace for 64 catches for 870 yards. Then in the seventh game he tore his Achilles tendon and was out for the year.

Players who have back to back seasons that end early are not in line to get big, multiyear deals, even if they were “on pace” to have productive seasons. Davis drew some interest from the Browns and Bills but he ultimately came back to the Redskins on a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.

Davis is realistic about the lack of leverage he had as he looked for a deal last spring.

“I understand where they're coming from. It's a business,” he said last week. “It's like me investing in a car. I don't want a car that's beat up, I want a car that rides right. When you get an injury that stuff happens.I  don't expect them to say 'here's a whole lot of money'. I'd rather earn it.

“I think I will earn it. Whatever it takes, I'm going to do what I need to do.”

He said that the Achilles injury will not keep him from performing this year.

“I feel good,” he said. “It's about my tenth month out of surgery, I feel great. I don't even think about it.”

He isn’t using the injury or the possibility of getting a big contract if he has a good year as motivation. “When you think about it too much, that's when you do get hurt,” said Davis, a 2008 second-round pick of the Redskins. “I don't think about it; I'm just going to play each play like it's my last, play each game like it's my last, and practice like that.”

That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t hear the skeptics who are wondering if, at age 27, he can recover from the Achilles injury and if he can ever put together a complete, productive season.

“Coming off of last year, I had a little something going and then had it stopped with injury, I feel like there's a lot for me to prove and goals to achieve,” he said.

Davis isn’t the only one who could benefit if he can have a healthy, productive season. If he is playing to potential, the attention he would draw could help other receivers get open.

Many are particularly anxious to see Davis on the field with wide receiver Pierre Garçon. We saw the two of them healthy and on the field together only briefly last year. Garçon went out early in the season opener and by the time he was back and healthy enough to contribute in the passing game, Davis was out with his injury.

“He demands attention in the middle of the field,” Garçon said of Davis. “I try to do my part on the outside. It’s a lot of weapons for our offense. We have to capitalize on that and it will be a great thing when we’re both out there together making plays.”

The Redskins hope to see a lot of great things out of their outside-inside combination in 2013.

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Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan advising other teams in advance of NFL Draft, per NFL Network

Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan advising other teams in advance of NFL Draft, per NFL Network

Redskins team president Bruce Allen made clear at the NFL League Meetings that former general manager Scot McCloughan is free to work elsewhere in the NFL. Now it appears that's happening. 

Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network reported that McCloughan has advised multiple NFL teams in advance of the draft. 

McCloughan was let go by the Redskins in early March after a tumultuous few months following the 2016 season. A slew of reports pegged the GM's ouster on a combination of a power struggle with Allen and other outlets suggested problems with alcohol played a part in his firing. 

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In previous stops with the 49ers and Seahawks, alcohol played a large role in McCloughan's removal from front office jobs. Before he was hired by Washington in 2015, McCloughan was operating his own scouting service. 

Redskins director of college scouting Scott Campbell explained earlier this week that McCloughan played a part in setting the Redskins draft board. Campbell added, however, that much information on the board has changed since McCloughan was fired.

Outside of a small circle of people, it's hard to know exactly what transpired that led to McCloughan's firing. Regardless, it's not a surprise that he is back providing information about college prospects. 

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Five things to watch during the NFL draft while waiting for the Redskins to pick

Five things to watch during the NFL draft while waiting for the Redskins to pick

The Redskins have the 17th pick in tonight’s first round. Things get underway when the Browns go on the clock at about 8 p.m. There are 10 minutes allotted between picks. If each team takes the maximum time the Redskins will pick sometime after 11 p.m. However, picks are usually in with a few minutes to spare so Washington will go on the clock sometime between 10 and 10:30.

So, what is there to watch for until then? In what everything thinks will be one of the wildest and most unpredictable first rounds in recent memory, here are five places where the decisions made could have ripple effects back to pick No. 17.

No. 1, Browns—The steaming hot rumor that has popped up in the last 24 hours is that QB Mitchell Trubisky, not DE Myles Garret, will be the top pick in the draft. Of course, that talk could be a steaming pile of, well, what comes out of the south end of a bull. If the Browns do go with Trubisky, who was expected to remain on the board through the first five picks, there could be a run on quarterbacks in the top half of the draft, with teams maneuvering to get their guy. That could push a solid defensive player back to the Redskins.

No. 4, Jaguars—Nobody is quite sure what is going on here. Leonard Fournette is the chalk pick but this is the team that drafted Blake Bortles completely out of the blue in the top five a few years ago. They have spent a lot of draft capital and free agent money on defense. They may be ready to move on from Bortles so a QB is a possibility, a move that would start or, if Trubusky goes to the Browns at No. 1, continue a run on quarterbacks.

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No. 8, Panthers—In a draft that is supposedly unpredictable, the constant in mock drafts over the last 10 days or so has been Christian McCaffrey to Carolina. It almost seems to be too simple to be true, especially if the top seven picks are loaded with surprises. The Panthers have plenty of needs and if they have a top safety or linebacker fall into their laps they could well bypass McCaffrey. That would put him in play for the Redskins at 17.

No. 13, Cardinals—We go back to quarterbacks here. Will the Cardinals, who have plenty of needs, take a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech to groom to replace Carson Palmer? If they do, that could force the a QB-needy team picking later in the first such as the Texans to move up to make sure they aren’t left out. That could have them on the phone to Ashburn offering their second-round pick to entice the Redskins to move down to No. 25.

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No. 16, Ravens—Picking immediately in front of the Redskins, the Ravens also have needs everywhere. Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster seem like the type of player the Ravens like so there is the possibility that the Redskins could see a very good player at a top area of need slide back towards them only to get snatched up one pick prior to them going on the clock. The good news may be that many analysts have Baltimore addressing wide receiver or offensive line at No. 16 and those positions are not likely to be of high interest to the Redskins in the first round.

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