New York Jets to Visit With Fred Davis

By Nick Mamary
Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

After remaining quiet among the first wave of free agency, it appears the New York Jets may be poised to make another move. New York is reportedly scheduled to visit with veteran tight end Fred Davis, who recently met with the  Buffalo Bills. They are not alone in this pursuit: the Washington Redskins, Davis’ current home, would like to bring him back.

The former USC play-maker was selected by the Redskins in the second round of 2008’s NFL Draft.

Davis originally served as a backup for Chris Cooley, but when Cooley struggled with injury and eventually departed, Davis became the starter. He emerged as an athletic receiving talent among a quarterback carousel that included a year with John Beck and Rex Grossman, and has a career average of 12 yards per reception.

Injuries have also hurt his career, as he has only appeared in all 16 games once. Now there is uncertainty as to where Davis will play next.

The Jets now have a vacancy at tight end since Dustin Keller joined the Miami Dolphins. Keller served as a valuable member of New York’s passing game. Although he was not a star, Keller was approaching that status. Jeff Cumberland will most likely be there after getting a second-round tender and even though he played well, there must be another addition.

While Davis brings some experience, there is a concern — he has never caught more than six touchdowns in a single season. Despite this risk, New York has to find someone to pair with Cumberland. Konrad Reuland and Hayden Smith are good blockers, but are unpolished receivers. Davis would be another low-cost signing. Although it is not the most significant addition, bringing in Davis could be a solid move.

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