By Ronald Guy
A dependable, pass-catching tight end has long been a quarterback’s security blanket, yet RGIII and Fred Davis never really established a relationship in 2012. Davis caught a total of 24 passes in the first seven weeks of the season before blowing out his Achilles tendon. After some flirtations with free agency, the quarterback and talented tight end will get a second chance as Davis landed back with the ‘Skins on a one-year deal.
Davis will have plenty of company on the depth chart, though. In his absence last year, fellow TE Logan Paulsen proved to be much more than an extension of the offensive line, and in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the ‘Skins selected Florida TE Jordan Reed. The tea leaves indicate that regardless of production, 2013 will be Davis’ last in Washington. In your father’s NFL, that would have been the only conclusion. Now, with the tight end position fully entrenched in and, in some locales, even dominating NFL passing games, there’s a very real possibility that the ‘Skins have designs on Davis and Reed being deployed together regularly and over the long-term (particularly since the team lacks a dominant wide receiver). For next year, though, the ‘Skins need Fred Davis to finally put a complete season together befitting his talent.