The Washington Redskins have made a new addition to their injury report, as they have now listed starting tight end Fred Davis as questionable with an ankle injury, according to ESPN NFL Nation’s John Keim. Davis fully participated in practice all week and didn’t have a lick of an injury going into the week, so he must have recently suffered the injury. He likely injured his ankle at practice yesterday, and that now leaves him as a game-time decision for tomorrow’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Fred Davis has caught just three passes for 25 yards this season, and he only caught one pass for three yards last week before being benched by Mike Shanahan. He is quickly losing his role with the Redskins offense, and he might even lose some blocking snaps to Logan Paulsen, whose forte is blocking. Heck, Davis was in fact benched in Week 2 for missed assignments as a blocker, and the Redskins are barely targeting him in the passing game.
Florida Gators rookie Jordan Reed is the Washington Redskins top target at tight end, and he has dethroned Fred Davis as the most targeted TE on this team anyway. Through two games this season, Reed has snared eight passes for 56 yards and a TD. He is now getting more snaps than Davis, and he will definitely get more snaps than Davis tomorrow in light of Davis’s recent ankle injury. With Davis losing his role in the offense, I actually expect him to be absent tomorrow, but that depends on the severity of the injury. This injury could be pivotal with the Redskins still figuring things out at TE, and we’re in for more Reed than Davis going forward.