Washington Redskins’ Fred Davis Done For the Season

By Greg Bradshaw

Washington Redskins’ tight end and leading receiver Fred Davis’ season is over after injuring his left Achilles tendon in the Week Seven game against the New York Giants.

The loss of Davis poses a huge problem for the Redskins’ passing game. Washington is already limited without the services of wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Davis is the Redskins’ leading receiver, and is vital to the intermediate passing game. He has also displayed the ability to go deep down the field, although that ability hasn’t been exhibited during the season.

With Davis done for the year, reserve tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul will have to fill the void. The great thing about the Redskins’ offense is that quarterback Robert Griffin III gets every receiver involved.  Paulsen did catch a few passes in the Week Seven game against New York. If Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan decides to go with Paulsen as the starter at tight end, Paulsen will have to make the most of this opportunity.

Washington probably regrets releasing long time tight end Chris Cooley before the start of the 2012 NFL season. He had the ability to catch passes in either the intermediate passing game or the deep passing game. He would have been a great target for Griffin III, not unlike the passing connection between Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, and his tight end Jason Witten.

With Davis gone, it is most imperative for Garcon to come back from his right foot injury soon. If he cannot, Washington’s passing game will be severely hampered going into their Week Eight game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And that would severely lessen the excitement Washington Redskins’ fans have been experiencing the last few weeks.

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