On October 21st, 2012, Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis tore his Achilles tendon in a game against the New York Giants. Davis had just one catch in the game before he left with the injury, which will likely rule him out for the year. Though Davis was a disappointment to many with just 23 receptions and 312 yards (no touchdowns) coming into the game, it is still a huge blow to the Redskins, as Davis had potential to be a top five tight end in the league, had he been more involved.
Keep an eye on Niles Paul, who is now battling for a stop atop the depth chart with Logan Paulsen for the starting tight end. Paul is just 24 years old, so he could potentially breakout: much like teammate Alfred Morris did earlier in the year. Paul should be picked up in any dynasty leagues, as he is a long-term sleeper.
As for Paulsen, it looks as if he had the leg up after Davis went down; he managed to post four receptions for 76 yards. While he may be better than Paul in the short term, it remains to be seen how this situation will pan out.
In the end, if you need a tight end for a bye week, look for Paulsen. He could become one of Robert Griffin III‘s favorite target. Something of note is that in college, Logan managed a pathetic 888 yards on 71 receptions in his five years combined for the UCLA Bruins. RGIII has the ability to change that, though, as we saw this week.