Fred Davis, His Improvement and the Stanky Leg
A week ago, there was no man more discouraged in the Redskins locker room than Fred Davis. Having gotten this far in his football career without ever acquiring a reputation for bad hands, he seemed completely shocked that he had fumbled twice in one drive against the Ravens.
"I can't dwell on that, because I know I'm a better player than that," he said at the time. "The coaches know what I can do and I know what I can do. I've just got to prove it next time."
Well, he indeed had a far-improved game this Saturday, at least superficially. On consecutive plays against the Steelers in the fourth quarter, Davis forced a fumble on punt coverage--" I made somebody else fumble instead of me," he joked--and then caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel, the first score of his NFL career. That play was a seam route, where the quarterback can choose between two tight end targets, and when Davis saw the safety bite, he knew he was home free for a score.
"I was saying, 'I'm open, I know I'm gonna be open,' " Davis recalled. "That ain't nothing to me, though. It was against the second team guys. I'll feel better when it's against the starters."
And then came the real defining moment: Davis paused in the end zone to perform the Stanky Leg dance. Although Clinton Portis stopped him on the sideline to complain that the dance was too rushed.
"But I don't know, I didn't want to get a penalty," Davis said. "I just wanted to hurry and get back."
You want more teammate feedback on this Stanky debut in the end zone? No problem.
"Fred's got to teach me that dance he did in the end zone," Shaun Suisham said.
"Oh, the Stanky Leg? I like it," Phillip Daniels said. "He did it pretty good. He got real stanky with it. He did real good with it."
"The Stanky Leg? That was pretty good," Albert Haynesworth agreed. I asked the big defensive tackle whether he would ever do that in a game.
"Ummm, it would have to be something real special to do the Stanky Leg," Haynesworth said. I asked him what his typical celebration was.
"I don't do anything," Haynesworth said. "I just go back [to the huddle]. I don't know, I just don't do that."
Haynesworth was exiting the locker room at this point, when he saw Daniel Snyder and stopped.
"Mr. Snyder, he was asking me if I should have done the Stanky Leg like Fred did, that dance that Fred did," Haynesworth said to the owner.
"This guy's trouble right here," Snyder joked, gesturing at me, which is probably true.
Anyhow, Davis was also asked why he decided to break out the Stanky Leg for his first professional touchdown.
"I don't know, I just did whatever came to mind," he said. "It's been a while since I've been in the end zone, since USC, so I had to come up with something quick. Man, I like getting in there. I'm definitely gonna try to get in there a lot more now. I'll be getting that feeling [again]....I feel like last week, that's not really me. I don't fumble a lot. I felt this week I had to come out here, make some plays, block well, and just have an overall pretty good game."
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