The emergence of 2012 rookie superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III has elevated the whole team’s level of play and set precedent for players surrounding him to emerge as some of the league’s best at their respective positions. In 2013, Griffin will specifically have at least three players who will play to his caliber: RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon and TE Fred Davis.
Morris, who will most assuredly start in 2013, rushed for 1,613 yards on 335 attempts and scored 13 touchdowns, with an average of 100.8 yards a game. Oh yeah, that was his rookie season too.
Garcon, who is healthy and ready to play, will be a deep threat down field and one of the first options for Griffin. When he was on the field in 2012, the Redskins won nine games and only lost two.
Davis will definitely be the starting tight end in 2013 with rookie Jordan Reed and veterans Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul behind him on the depth chart. With his contract extended for only one year, Davis knows he will need to prove himself this year. With his payday in jeopardy next year, he will play to the best of his ability. That ability could even place him as a top TE in 2013.
Davis is realistic about his contract options, stating, “I understand where they’re coming from. It’s a business. It’s like me investing in a car. I don’t want a car that’s beat up, I want a car that rides right. When you get an injury, that stuff happens. I don’t expect them to say ‘here’s a whole lot of money.’ I’d rather earn it.”
So does that mean he will perform in 2013? Davis seems to think so. “I think I will earn it. Whatever it takes, I’m going to do what I need to do.”
It is always a good thing when players set high standards for themselves. This year Davis will “step it up.”