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HARRIS: The puzzling disappearance of Fred Davis
His season haul? Three catches, 25 yards.
“You’re never all right with that,” Davis said in the conversation last week. “You want to be out there playing. Definitely for me, coming off an injury, I want to be out there playing. Some things are out of your control. They have different options.”
Ah, yes, the options. One of them might provide the best explanation for the obvious phase-out of Davis.
Jordan Reed, taken out of Florida in the third round of the 2013 draft, is emerging as the next Fred Davis. He has 26 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Only Pierre Garcon, with 40, has more catches. The other tight ends — Logan Paulsen, Davis and Niles Paul — have a total of 13.
In a sport where the financial jigsaw puzzle has to work just as well as the personnel puzzle, Reed is proving to be a very reliable option who will be cheaper in the short term than Davis. The salary cap hit on Davis’ one-year deal is $2.5 million, the website overthecap.com reports. Reed’s hit is $542,278.
A big year out of Davis would cost the Skins a lot more than $2.5 million. Reed is much cheaper and, it seems thus far, every bit as capable.
Davis likely hasn’t played his final game as a Redskin, though there are numerous reports the Redskins are looking to trade him. Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan each used the “week-to-week” line to explain their thinking with their quartet of tight ends. So if he isn’t traded, Davis should get a chance to play again this season.
Next season? It seems extremely unlikely Davis will be a Redskin. It’s not the end he envisioned, and he isn’t alone there.
“I thought I would. I could. It’s early. You never know,” Davis said, before again admitting to the reality of his situation.
“As far as right now, I don’t see anything changing role-wise. I just have to take what I can. Work hard, try to be a pro, do what I have to do.”
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