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Need to Know: Is Reed pushing Davis out?

Sep 19, 2013, 5:16 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 19, three days before the Redskins play the Lions at FedEx Field.

Nickel coverage

1. The Redskins have their kicker health issues but the Lions seem to be the less healthy of the two teams. Three Lions starters didn’t practice on Wednesday—Reggie Bush (left knee), FS Louis Delmas (knee) and RT Jason Fox (groin). The absence of Bush would be a big blow to the Lions’ offense; they had difficulty moving the ball when he left the game after hurting his knee last Sunday against the Cardinals.

2. I gave you some incomplete information here yesterday. I said that the last team to start a season 0-2 and still make the playoffs was the 2008 San Diego Chargers. That same year the Vikings started 0-2 but finished the season 10-6 to take the NFC North. And the ’08 Dolphins also went winless in their first two games but rallied to finish 11-5 and take the AFC East title.

3. I think the defense has bigger issues but the offense is a little ways off. Here’s what Robert Griffin III said:

“I feel like, just as a group, we’ve all been off a little bit. We’ll figure that out and we’ll get it going. We’ve been hitting in practice, in the games at times we are hitting, so I don’t think it’s necessarily a problem. It’s showing up, especially on third down, we just have got to execute better and we will.”

4. A week ago Jim Haslett was a bit testy during his weekly press conference last week (although it wasn’t a potential Coors Light commercial as some outlets inferred). After another game where his defense got torched, it will be interesting to see if his mood has improved.

5. Is Fred Davis being relegated to a reserve role? It’s too soon to tell but the situation bears watching Against the Packers he played just 16 snaps while rookie Jordan Reed played 29. Shanahan was asked why and he spoke generically but it was clear why Reed got the call and Davis watched most of the game.

“Most of the decisions we make are based on how people practice and what gives us the best opportunity to win. So if a guy goes into those situations, it means that he’s done a great job during the week and we feel like he deserved that opportunity. Or it could be a guy drops a ball during a game, the other’s guy is hot, and you go in that direction. There are a lot of factors that are involved. You’re trying to do what you think gives you the best chance to win.”

Stat of the day

—On average the Redskins have started their possession on their own 22-yard line; their opponents have started their drives at the 33.

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—Former Redskins running back Larry Brown was born on this day in 1947

—Days until: Lions @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Raiders 10; Redskins @ Cowboys 24

—Today’s schedule: Player availability in locker room 11:15; Jim Haslett press conference 12:00; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00; streamed on

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  1. diehardinnc - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    Is it a complete pipe dream to think that maybe the Redskins could trade Davis to TE starved Baltimore for a high round draft pick or a DB? Seems both have an area of need and an area of overstock. My guess is Davis will not be returning for the 2014 season anyway.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Yes, it is a pipe dream. Davis hasn’t shown that he’s 100% after the surgery and if he shows some game the Redskins will keep him. Plus you’re going to get minimal value for a guy at the end of his deal.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Rich, there’s plenty of teams that play two tight ends, so I don’t think Fred Davis, Esquire, is being pushed out.

    However, in terms of being no. 1 tight end, it’s clear that Jordan Reed can make catches most of the other guys only dream about.

    What a draft pick!!!

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Well, but the TE with the second-most snaps was Logan Paulsen. Something’s going on here.

      But of course it will be interesting to see what the snap distribution if/when the Redskins can execute an normal game plan instead of playing catchup all game.

  3. randyhuenefeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I would say we could use some secondary help where ever and how ever we have to get it! If that means to trade Davis or somebody else, lets get it done! jmo

  4. randyhuenefeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Rich, any word on TJackson’s reinstatement? Are they even close to reviewing it?

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      No word at all. His suspension was indefinite so nobody really knows when they might take up the case.

  5. jorance72 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Love the ability and hands this kid is flashing. I hope Fred’s more involved and we can use both these guys in the passing game. I think Niles Paul is the one that should be worried. I know he’s a good ST’s player, but if he keeps making boneheaded plays, his value goes way down.

    Rich, do you see the Skins getting Chris Thompson involved on Offense anytime soon? I had hoped his speed would create mismatches out of the backfield, but so far it seems his been limited to ST’s duties only.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      I think they’ll try to get Roy Helu involved first. He and Thompson bring a lot of the same abilities but think Helu gets first crack due to his experience. Archives

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