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Davis makes most of Cooley's absence

Fred Davis did not expect his opportunity to come as it did on Monday, when the Washington Redskins second-year tight end was left with the onus of replacing the production of Pro Bowler Chris Cooley.

The Redskins might have lost Cooley for the season. Davis replaced Cooley with eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. He entered Monday with only 10 catches for 72 yards in 17 career games.

"J, just give me the chance," quarterback Jason Campbell remembered Davis first telling him in the huddle. "I can make it happen. Guys don't think I can, but I can."
Campbell described Davis as "enthusiastic" about receiving the opportunity, which Davis said was the main reason why his production has not matched the expectations of a second round draft choice.

Davis's first reaction was one of shock -- "Oh, [shoot]," he said he thought at the time -- but he responded with a career night. Davis was frustrated at his pass blocking, which he said he must improve to develop into a complete tight end. But by reaching the field, he could display his receiving ability to the coaching staff.
"You got to get the coaches' trust," Davis said. "Right now. . .they just had to. They had no options."

Davis had planned on returning to Los Angeles, where he attended Southern California, during the upcoming bye week. Now that Davis is the primary option at tight end, he will stay in northern Virginia and prepare at Redskins Park.

"Not the way you want it," Davis said of his newfound role. "But this is an opportunity. That's how this league is. One guy goes out, you got to be able to fill the shoes -- or try. In this situation, that's why they drafted me in the second round."

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 2:01 AM ET
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Man, I wish we had a 3rd QB not on IR, someone we could start giving some playing time and experience.

I've been a Campbell supporter all along, but I've finally seen enough. I know our OL sucks, and that it would affect any QB's play, but good OL or bad, you need a QB who will give you something.

I just can't see what he gives us.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 27, 2009 2:06 AM

Posted by: freakzilla | October 27, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Saw him interviewed after the game. He had the right attitude... He was immediately focused on what he needed to improve (pass-blocking). Hopefully, it wasn't just words and that he'll be working on that the rest of the season.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | October 27, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Agree with Tenorio. Of course!? Draft tackles 1st and 2nd rounds. I would go center/guard in the 4th and then a tackle/guard. As he said, you just have to. They will lose Campbell. They can sign someone like David Carr to fill that gap. Plus Colt. Waiting for a rookie to mature will look far worst than everyone's view of Campbell. Too many so-called Skins fans have short memories. They tend to forget the struggles of rookie quarterbacks and think only of their college performances (Colt). Then you put them in and they get hammered. No rookies for this crowd unless they sit on the bench and learn from a vet the requisite minimum 3 years. Not worth it until a solid offensive line is in place. If they can acquire more draft picks, (This teams is good at drastically shrinking as opposed to growing their draft picks.), like a late round 1st or high 2nd in addition to what they have now then perhaps a quarterback ... but with what they have now it must be OL, OL, OL, and OL.

Posted by: periculum | October 27, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Except at wide receiver and tight end, this entire offense is likely going to have to be rebuilt from the ground up through the draft. As far as FA pickups. They are about to lose a starting corner. Smoot is terrible. They need 2 guys from the FA pool to fill those positions. The focus in free agency: a veteran quarterback and 2 cornerbacks. The focus of the draft: OL and OL and OL.

Posted by: periculum | October 27, 2009 2:32 AM | Report abuse

I just can't see what he gives us.

2 TDs and 283 yards passing. Yeah he had the INT on the deflected pass. Yeah there were the fumbles ... but those are going to happen when you have a line that allowed six sacks. And one of those fumbles was because Rabach "the great center" forgot they were in the shotgun?

Campbell is gone, gone, gone after this season. He is the best quarterback they have right now even if Colt were healthy behind this line. Colt was still a year away in pro QB reckoning. Guess we'll find out what he's got next year? Meanwhile, give up harping on guys like Campbell and Rogers. They are gone. And they are pretty good so it is highly possible they will do great with their next teams. Get used to it because that is what is going to happen I am sorry to say.

Our last best hope is that this season finally convinces Danny to step down as GM. To surrender his thrown to someone who really knows football and team building. So, the huger the blow-outs the better.

Posted by: periculum | October 27, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm starting to see too many people wanting to OD on O-line pickups during the offseason. Snyder and Cerrato helped cause this mess by focusing too much on receivers in 2008 and ignoring other needs. Yes the O-line is the #1 priority but you still will need more youth on the Defense. Griffin, Daniels, Fletcher, Carter, Wynn and Smoot are all over 30. Rogers will need to be replaced if he's not resigned and this team needs to find a true free safety that actually is a ballhawk, doesn't overrun plays and doesn't take bad angles because he wants a kill shot every play. Move #30 to SS. Not to mention the fact that we have two slow Backs that have no playmaking ability anymore. There is a laundry list of problems on this team in addition to the O-line.

Posted by: moseley_brian | October 27, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

In today's NFL, more than ever you build your offense around your quarterback's skills. The Redskins have never done that under Snyderrato. Terry Bradshaw was less accurate than JC, but he had receivers who would GO GET THE DAMN BALL, and he's in the HOF with 4 SB rings, let alone one of the most awesome offensive lines in modern football history. Not only were the Hogs the Hogs, but the people CATCHING THE BALL were either HOF'ers or played like them.
NO QUARTERBACK under the Snyderrato has had that type of support, so in many ways JC was doomed the moment he was drafted. You cannot convince me JC's skill set is any worse than Flacco or Rothelesburger, but the TEAMS AROUND those quarterbacks, from the players on the field up through the FO, are orders of magnitude better than this mess in DC.
I'm praying JC finds the courage to go to Zorn and say, 'look, if we don't have a chance to win, at least make it dangerous for the other team' and throw the damn ball all over the field. Demand they do things to fit his skill set, and at least the games will be fun to watch (like during Sonny's prime) if not a chance to win.
The Jimmy Carter-esque malaise that's settled upon this team has destroyed the season; at least the players could go out swinging, playing for their next team in 2010.

Posted by: pdfordiii | October 27, 2009 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Please trade Laron landry for Brady quin-than use our first rounder on a OT-second rounder on a running back-third round on another offensive lineman!!!! Go redskins!!!

Posted by: lamarlamarwash | October 27, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse


I had the exact same impression of #86. Unlike Devin Thomas - whose postgame comments were basically, I'm doing my job, others need to step up - Fred Davis took responsibility for his poor blocking and committed himself to work on it during the next two weeks. I'm very impressed with Davis, not so with Thomas.

Posted by: jksesq1 | October 27, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

okay, Davis says you have to get the coaches trust. Does anyone believe that maybe the reason our O-line has not yet been replenished properly is because they don't trust young guys at all? It certainly would explain all the waffling about rhino.

Posted by: Veretax | October 27, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I was encouraged with the play calling we finally had some sustained drives that kept the defense off the field, now with our QB get him outta there! he is just a scared guy who cannot make the plays a starter with his experience should be making he looks like a college freshman out there...

Posted by: gwjuniors | October 27, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

There is no sense in talking about what we need to draft until we have a GM and a permanent coaching staff in place.
If we have a new coach, or new offensive philosophy, they are going to want to draft personnel to match that strategy.
Jason Campbell isnt a bad qb, he's just a bad west coast qb. He's for hurling the ball down the field and passing one down per series, he's not right for a system based on precise timing.
You talk about drafting a new OL, well we need to know what kind of offense we're going to have. Do we need Hogs for a smash mouth running game or lighter, more mobile linemen for zone blocking? For once, the Redskins have to start from the top and work their way down. You cant hire a OC before a HC and draft players before you know which ones fit your system.
If the Skins are going to be competitive in 3 years, because that's how long it will take to put system and personnel in place, they have to start building, and from the top down. 10 years of FA piece-mealing and it just doesnt work in football.

Posted by: FireVinny1 | October 27, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Davis had a good game receiving. Needs to work on block technique and STOP TRYING TO JUMP OVER PEOPLE> RUN THEM OVER.

Posted by: pk_1119 | October 27, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

PORTIS POCKETS STRAIGHT! Someone please tell sleepy NFL TE's are required to block.. its not just catching passes, Campbell should have cussed his A out for not blocking better!

Posted by: rlomax67 | October 27, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Let's slow down this train of saying this guys is good enough to be in the NFL...his pass blocking was terrible!! How in the hell can you say he did good when he was getting blown up play after play!! Give me a break!!! If he can't block then he can't play...end of discussion!!! Let's call a spade a spade, catching passes isn't the only responsibility!

Posted by: jcrabbe1 | October 27, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If anyone who watched the game last night still thinks that Jason Campbell is a NFL QB and Carlos Rogers can cover anyone then you are either delusional to the point of being committed, or you have $%#@*& for brains.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | October 27, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

If anyone who watched the game last night still thinks for one minute that Jason Campbell or Carlos Rogers belongs in the NFL they are delusional beyond hope, or they have @#$%&* for brains.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | October 27, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Zorn needs to go! did anyone see the smirk when he came out for his post game? He looked kind of happy when he said well we did the same thing we scored 17 points.Instead of saying players got to held responsible for these repeated mistakes(JC) ..pathetic!

Posted by: gwjuniors | October 27, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand his reasoning. If he needs to stay here to learn how to block during the bye week because he’s now a starter (and whoa does he need to learn how to bock), why wouldn’t he do the same if he weren’t a starter? Isn’t that what being a professional is all about? I hope he realizes that this attitude is probably why he hasn’t seen more playing time in the first place. What a schmuck!

Posted by: Redskinrex | October 27, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Davis has stunk at blocking all season, he is not going to turn it around.
He is not the brightest bulb.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 27, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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