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Fred Davis hopes to return for OTAs

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Fred Davis hopes to return for OTAs

Fred Davis says there were no complications stemming from his surgery last week and he expects to be back on the field in time for OTAs in May.

“It’s not fun [because] I hate sitting out,” Davis said Friday after visiting with teammates at Redskins Park. “This is my first injury, so I’m dealing with.”

Davis had his left Achilles’ tendon repaired Oct. 23 in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Robert Anderson, the same foot and ankle specialist who operated on Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs. The Ravens’ linebacker had a similar procedure in May and returned to the lineup earlier this month – just five months after the surgery. 

“You have to look at the positive side of it: It’s an Achilles, not a knee or anything serious that takes a long to get back from,” said Davis, walking with the assistance of crutches and wearing a cast of his lower left leg. “I definitely have seen Suggs out there making plays. I went to the same doctor and we had the about the same tear.”

Davis said he’s looking forward to resuming physical activity six weeks from now. 

“Sometimes it gets stronger, [Dr. Anderson] said,” Davis added. “It’s one of those 100-percent type injuries. They just put it back together. I should be good.”

Davis was en route to having his best all around season when he injured himself while running a routine pass route in the first quarter against the Giants. When he went down, the 26-year-old had 24 receptions for 325 yards and had made significant strides in pass and run blocking.

The Redskins used their franchise tag on the tight end last season. Now, Davis could hit unrestricted free agency as he attempts to bounce back from a significant injury.

“We’ll see,” Davis said, asked if the injury might have cost him financially. “I just try to put as much good stuff on film as I can. If a team looks at that and sees my [progress] from last year. …Even in 2009, I was productive. If a team looks at that and sees that I’ve grown as a blocker. We’ll just roll the dice and see what happens.” 

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Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Many Redskins fans have been keeping a close eye on the Chiefs all offseason. Kansas City has two pending free agents in positions that are of great need to Washington. Fans have been watching since January to see what the Chiefs would do with safety Eric Berry and defensive lineman Dontari Poe. They may have their answer.

The organization’s hope was that they could sign one and use the franchise tag on the other. But with the deadline for the tag two days from now and with free agency starting in 10 days, it appears that plan is not going to happen. They are forced to decide and per Ed Werder of ESPN they are going to tag Berry and let Poe test free agency.

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Poe is a load at 6-3, 248. His impact is hard to measure in numbers; he has just 13 sacks in his five NFL seasons including two in the last two years. The Chiefs first-round pick out of Memphis in the 2012 draft has forced two fumbles and recovered one. But he is exactly what a defense like the Redskins’ 4-3 scheme needs in the middle to eat up double teams and keep blockers off the linebackers. They would go from having had no credible nose tackle in the seven seasons they have been in the 3-4 base defense to having one who at age 26 is of the very best in the league.

The problem with acquiring the best in the business is that you must pay top dollar. The contracts signed by Marcell Dareus of the Bills, a six-year deal with an average annual value of $15.8 million and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, who signed a six-year extension with an AAV of $17.1, will be used as guidelines for a Poe free agent deal.

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The Redskins possibly could make that work but it would be a stretch. They already have a top-heavy salary structure with their top three players taking up 35 percent of the salary cap. Another cap hit in the $15 million range would put them in a precarious spot.

It seems unlikely that the Redskins will be real players in the Poe sweepstakes but given that he would be a perfect solution to a long-standing problem area it’s worth keeping an eye on the situation.

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The Redskins have 10 picks in 2017 NFL draft

The Redskins have 10 picks in 2017 NFL draft

The NFL has announced every team’s picks in the upcoming draft. Here are the Redskins’ 10 selections:

Round-pick in round-overall pick

1-17-17 own pick
2-17-49 own pick
3-17-81 own pick
4-7-114 from Saints
4-17-124 own pick
5-10-154 from Jets
6-17-201 own pick
6-25-209 from Texans
7-2-220 from 49ers
7-17-235 own pick

The picks from the Saints, Jets, and Texans are from trades made during last year’s draft. The Redskins sent their fifth-round pick to the 49ers for TE Derek Carrier, who also sent their seventh-round pick in the deal.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.