This offseason, there has been a lot of talk about NFL tight ends.
Many asked who will be the best overall TE in the 2013 NFL Season? New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and TE Aaron Hernandez both were in contention, until Gronkowski reported a flurry of surgeries from repeating injuries and Hernandez was arrested for murder and subsequently released by head coach Bill Belichick.
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez could arguably be the best TE in NFL History, but returning for his 17th season, many would claim he is now on the decline. Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, holding the Cowboys’ franchise record for receptions, and New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham, who failed to make the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013, both also deserve to be in contention for past achievements.
However, now the Washington Redskins can enter the picture, pairing star TE Fred Davis with now-seasoned superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III.
With Griffin’s ability to scramble out of the pocket and the fact that Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan uses the star QB as another running back, defenses will have to focus more on the run and will be forced to play 11-on-11 football instead of the traditional 10-on-11.
This means defenses will have to assign a man to Griffin, freeing up space in the backfield most likely located in the shallow zone where Davis and other TEs will benefit from the one-on-one coverage.
But where has Davis been the last two seasons? In the 2012 NFL Season, former Redskins TE Chris Cooley was released and Davis was named starting TE. He played well for his first six games, racking up 312 yard on 23 receptions until he tore his Achilles tendon in Week 7 and ended his season.
In the 2011 NFL Season, Davis, along with Redskins teammate OT Trent Williams, was suspended for four games for multiple failings of NFL league substance abuse policies, allegedly for marijuana use. Further, in January of 2011, Davis was accused of assaulting a woman in a District of Columbia nightclub.
Although he was barraged by media and fans, video surveillance of the club showed him approach and gently grab a woman, who threw a drink in his face. In turn, Davis poured a bottle over her head and threw the bottle at her. A commotion ensued where the woman was accidentally elbowed by a bystander trying to stop any altercation.
Essentially, all the trouble talk about Davis really has been blown out of proportion and even so, Davis still won the Redskins’ 2011 Offensive Player of the Year award, scoring three touchdowns from 59 receptions and 796 yards.
As long as he can stay away from Marijuana, Davis has a chance at being the best TE of the 2013 NFL Season.