Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is in the news again. Why does this not surprise me? The Redskins haven’t had a good tight end since Chris Cooley (here comes the hate mail).
Recent news reports suggest that Davis is on the verge of being suspended for allegedly violating the NFL‘s substance abuse policy. Pro Football Talk reports Davis could face a six-game suspension. Well, this is Davis we’re talking about. Even though there are reports saying the information may not be “technically accurate”, Davis has a shaky history.
First of all, this isn’t the first time he has faced substance abuse charges. He and fellow teammate Trent Williams were suspended for the last four games of the 2011 season for violating the policy. Then there’s the night club altercation, where Davis was ordered to pay close to $20,000 in a civil lawsuit after a judge ruled he “assaulted and battered” a woman in a D.C. club. Court records revealed Davis poured juice on and threw an empty carafe at Makini Chaka at Josephine Nightclub and Lounge in D.C. in January of 2011.
Obviously, that wasn’t his year.
He barely played the 2012 season due to tearing his Achilles, and found himself battling for his job against Jordan Reed. This past season, he caught seven for 70 yards, a far cry from the 24 receptions for 325 yards in 2012.
But we can’t blame Davis for that. He wasn’t the primary target this year. Besides 2008, 2013 is the only other season he has been targeted under 20 times.
Did I mention he only started three games? Not a good sign.
Davis can do the job, and his past stats prove that’s a true statement. However, he is unable to maintain the bearing needed off the field to be marketable, let alone decent for any NFL team to take a risk on him. Davis should be worried because he’s about to be a free agent. The Redskins’ salary cap is wide open. He’s not a top five receiver going into the 2014 season, and shouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get the franchise tag.
With talent like Reed and Logan Paulson, Davis is going to have to show why he’s still relevant. So what if he’s been there since 2008. He’s seen quarterbacks and coaching staffs change in the twinkling of an eye.
This year may be his turn.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.