As the NFL trade deadline passed on Tuesday, the Washington Redskins failed to get a deal done with their tight end Fred Davis. With the emergence of rookie tight end Jordan Reed, Davis looked to be expendable, and quite frankly, the Redskins haven’t wanted to use him whatsoever this season.
Davis has just three catches on the year and has not been activated for the last couple of games.
I find it a bit odd that Davis has been on the inactive list recently, even though he has been healthy. With backup tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul being rather unproven, Davis would undoubtedly be the team’s best option going forward if an injury were to happen with Reed.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan commented on Davis’ role with the team last week, and had this to say according to the Washington Post:
“I really expect there to come a time when Fred needs to help us. But it’s a week-to-week decision going into that game. We always decide based on personnel, coverages, what packages we need to use, what tight ends we want in certain situations. We felt better with Logan and Jordan with a lot of stuff we were doing.”
“Niles is a really good special teams player for us who can also help us on offense,” Shanahan went on. “If it was my choice, I would dress four tight ends every week. But it’s not just about the offense. You’ve got special teams. You’ve got defense. It’s a whole team and it’s tough to get four tight ends up. When we’re told we can only get three, it’s really on who we depend on for what we need to and who we can do better with.”
For some reason, I still can’t get over this. Davis is an athletic guy that brings a different dynamic to the offense when healthy and is used. He could absolutely help another team out there, but without a deal getting done some speculate that Davis could be released. soon. According to the Washington Post, again, this is one of the likeliest of reasons behind Davis not being shipped out of Washington.
Look for Washington to potentially make a move in releasing Davis in the near future after failing to make a trade happen. It would be a notable move, that’s for sure, and Davis would definitely get work quickly if that indeed happened.