Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis might have to get used to a reduced role as he works his way back from the Achilles tendon surgery that ended his 2012 season.
Davis, one of four tight ends on the roster, has three receptions for 25 yards in two games. He has only been targeted six times by quarterback Robert Griffin III and was on the field for 16 offensive snaps in Sunday’s 38-20 loss at Green Bay.
Meanwhile, rookie tight end Jordan Reed saw 29 snaps and Logan Paulsen was on for 25. That’s an intriguing departure for a unit where Davis was expected to be the main weapon. Niles Paul, the fourth tight end and backup fullback, played strictly special teams.
“The game’s evolved and they’re trying to get everybody involved in different situations,” Davis said. “It’s a little bit different from last year because everybody got different roles now and they’re trying to use everybody.”
That, apparently, was the plan all along for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who rotated the tight ends all week during practice. Davis was on the field for 48 snaps in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Davis admitted to reporters that sharing playing time is a difficult adjustment. He claimed to have just one or two missed assignments during the Packers game so he wasn’t necessarily benched in the second half of that game.
“I can’t control if they don’t let me get an opportunity to play,” Davis said. “So I just do what I can in practice and in a game so people can see it on film what I did.”
Reed has eight receptions in two games and has been targeted nine times. He caught a touchdown pass in the Green Bay game. Paulsen also caught two passes in the Green Bay game, though he is far less of a threat there than he is as a blocker.
“I can do some blocking plays, some pass plays,” Davis said. “Jordan’s like a big receiver, so they use him a lot for some different stuff. Logan for run blocking and pass plays too as well. It just depends. Like, who’s ever in the good motion or whatever for the drive, I guess that’s how they’re doing it.”