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Campbell on Davis: 'We need him right now'

Tight end Fred Davis has prepared well in anticipation of his first career start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, quarterback Jason Campbell said.

"Fred definitely has put in the work to get himself ready to go," Campbell said. "You can see he's focused and he knows this is a big opportunity for him. We definitely need him right now."

Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley underwent surgery for a leg injury he suffered in the last game -- a 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles before the bye week -- and is expected to be sidelined at least a few more weeks. He will be examined Monday and more will be known at that time. Cooley's injury opened an opportunity for Davis, who has mostly disappointed since the Redskins selected him in the second round of the 2008 draft.

"It takes some young guys a while to get adjusted from college and do all the things you have to do to try to be successful in this league, but you knew right away Fred had the talent to make it here," Campbell said. "Sometimes stuff happens. Hopefully, guys learn from it and grow from it. And when you get that first big opportunity, you just have to go out and show what you can do."

Against Philadelphia, Davis became a big part of the passing game after Cooley was injured in the second quarter. Although he continued to struggle with his blocking in pass protection, Davis did many things well in an eight-reception, 78-yard performance that included his first career touchdown reception.

"That's what we needed right there," Campbell said. "When you lose Chris Cooley, you're talking about losing a big part of your offense and a guy you really count on to keep the offense moving. We need Fred to step up now."

By Jason Reid  |  November 6, 2009; 7:31 AM ET
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I think Fred Davis will make the catches. The big worry about him is his blocking and it's not like Cooley was a force in that department, either. The Redskins just need to spread the ball around, getting everyone involved in the passing game. This will take some pressure off of Davis. On running downs, they will probably use him more as a decoy, lining him up on the side opposite of where the run is going.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 6, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

We also need Jason to step up now.

Posted by: daggar | November 6, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

There's no room for Jason to step up, there's D-line in his way!

Posted by: REXskins | November 6, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I know its a long shot, but I want new blood in the running game. Portis is fine, but Betts and Rock are slow and slower. I guess Ganther will rot on the inactive list like Alridge.

Posted by: FedorEm | November 6, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

they're gonna have to go to a lot of 3, and 5 step drops, get the ball out fast, WR screens, draw plays...hopefully sherm has a better grasp this week...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"Fred definitely has put in the work to get himself ready to go," Campbell said. "You can see he's focused and he knows this is a big opportunity for him. We definitely need him right now."


It would be more important for the skins to get something positive out of Devin Thomas and Fred Davis than to win the game this week.

I'm serious.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 6, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

don't you have a parade to go to old man....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I agree Moe. The rest of the season should be about developing WR-TE-WR to get them ready for next year. We need those guys, particulary in the outside shot that Moss/Cooley become trade bait.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 6, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

There's no room for Jason to step up, there's D-line in his way!

Posted by: REXskins | November 6, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

This is why we need a new center and a new right guard. Yes, Aaron Rodgers gets sacked more but at least he has a pocket to throw out of. JC and TC do not. They can't go backwards because the tackles are being knocked around and they can't go forward either. This forces them to sit in a pocket the size of a hula hoop. There's no room to step into their throws. That's why TC suddenly can't hit the broadside of a barn. If we fix this offensive line a lot more stuff is going to fix itself. I bet Portis and Sellers would suddenly get their legs back too. I bet we'd see more QB accuracy just by putting BMW in at right guard and Levi Jones in at right tackle. At that point all we'd have to worry about is that Forrest gets the ball out before Heyer's blocking assignment snaps his spine.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 6, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I guess Ganther will rot on the inactive list like Alridge.

Posted by: FedorEm | November 6, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse


Ganther will rot on the waiver wire.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 6, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"...they're gonna have to go to a lot of 3, and 5 step drops, get the ball out fast, WR screens, draw plays...hopefully sherm has a better grasp this week..."

The falcon defense is young and fast.

It pursues to the ball well.

Screens, counters, bootlegs, misdirection: all these would be nice to see.

The skins don't have the passing game needed to attack the falcon secondary.

Maybe some two-tight end sets featuring sweeps and 'power-O' trap plays might wear them down early on.

The skins should give up 'fullback lead' or 'iso' blocking plays as Sellars just doesn't block at the point of attack like he used to.

Sellars makes a better tight end than fullback at this point in the game.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 6, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Redskins 360
The Redskins have signed punter Sam Paulescu and released running back Quinton Ganther. Vinny Cerrato mentioned the move during the opening segment of his radio show. That Ganther was cut is a little surprising considering Renaldo Wynn was the odd player out when Hunter Smith was injured earlier this season. Wynn was cut a few times and then brought back the following Tuesday. Ganther was signed before the Philadelphia game when Marcus Mason (who worked out this week for New England but wasn't signed) and Anthony Alridge were released. Vinny also said H.B. Blades could be available to play Sunday. -- Ryan O'Halloran

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"It takes some young guys a while to get adjusted from college and do all the things you have to do to try to be successful in this league, but you knew right away Fred had the talent to make it here," Campbell said.

Wonder if Campbell realizes this, cuz we are still waiting for Campbell to get adjusted and be successful...

Posted by: mhartz1 | November 6, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I seriously think we should trade Cooley (1st rounder) and either cut or trade Moss (2nd rounder), cut Randle El, and keep DT, MK, and MM as the wideouts and FD as tight end. We're not going to be contenders any time soon, so idiot boy should accept that and plan for the future.

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 6, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

don't forget betts for a couple of second rounders....

trading guys while they're injured only increases their trade value....

Great plan.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

don't forget betts for a couple of second rounders....

trading guys while they're injured only increases their trade value....

Great plan.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't think he meant right this second, prolly in the offseason.

Posted by: mattylight | November 6, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

don't forget betts for a couple of second rounders....

trading guys while they're injured only increases their trade value....

Great plan.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't think he meant right this second, prolly in the offseason.

Posted by: mattylight | November 6, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse
__________
At least someone can assume the obvious

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 6, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I seriously think we should trade Cooley (1st rounder) and either cut or trade Moss (2nd rounder), cut Randle El, and keep DT, MK, and MM as the wideouts and FD as tight end. We're not going to be contenders any time soon, so idiot boy should accept that and plan for the future.

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 6, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Moss has little trade value and Cooley is young enough that by the time we are good he'll still be good. If we are good in 3 years Cooley is still only 30. You don't rebuild by dumping young players. Once again the only guys we have that have trade value are guys we don't want to get rid of. Instead of trading we need to let the older players go and replcae them through the draft or with guys already on staff.

Portis->draft
Rabach->draft
Griffen->Golston
Daniels->Jarmon
Smoot->Tryon
Sellers->Williams
Carter->Orakpo
Fletcher->draft

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 6, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Its all purely speculative but if Davis plays great for the rest of the season I wouldn't be opposed to trading him or Cooley in the offseason depending on what value they had. If we could get a high pick, I think it would be worth it in order to rebuild. Same type of thing we should have done back in 2006 when Betts played awesome in CP's absence. And I disagree with someone saying Moss has little trade value -- not saying he's worth a 1st rounder or even a 2nd, but I would bet there are some teams out there who would get him if they had the chance...

Now I will sit back and watch myself get roasted for saying this...

Posted by: mattylight | November 6, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Why is Todd Yoder forgotten? I'm not saying that he's as good as Cooley, but he is a pretty good blocker. He can certainly help out on protection.

Posted by: midniterc | November 6, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

right, in the offseason, yeah 1-billon percent agreed, execept that unless by, 'off-season' you meant, 'fantasy-land' its just not happening....Cooley isn't getting traded for a 1st rounder...Moss isn't getting traded for a 2nd rounder....Tony Gonzales went for a 2nd rounder....just for comparison...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I just dont see the young wideouts developing as long as Moss and Randle El are on the field. Look at Davis, as soon as he was the sole TE option he showed what he could do.

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 6, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I really wouldn't want to trade Cooley but he's the only guy we could get value out of. I'd trade Portis for any pick right now. Replacing Fletcher will not be possible.

I bet we could get a 2nd or 3rd for Moss.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 6, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Bean - Tony G was also about 35 or 36. Moss can be just as effective on a team where he has time to get open. Hes only 30.

I know you think no one on our team has any value, but I'm sure there are teams out there looking for a #2 speed WR.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 6, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Ok, hes only 33, but still, Moss is 3 years younger.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 6, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I like the way the team keeps signing running backs and letting them go without us ever seeing them in a game. At least Mason got a few carries in front of the fans before he got the axe; however Alridge and Ganther were just guys hanging around the practice field for a few weeks. What are they looking for in a running back? Why bother signing them if you are only going to let Portis and Betts carry the ball?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 6, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

TG's dob is 2/27/1976, so he's turning 34 this coming February....which i"m not sure how much of an effect that had on him last year, 96 catches, 10 td's...but whateves....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I like your thinking Salinas1: Improve the offense by getting rid of the only talent we have.

Posted by: mack1 | November 6, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 6, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

A trade you say?

"...I just don't see the young wideouts developing as long as Moss and Randle El are on the field..."

"...if Davis plays great for the rest of the season I wouldn't be opposed to trading him or Cooley in the offseason..."


To do this means someone somewhere else sees value in a player we'd like to get picks for.

Moss--yeah, he has value (but for what pick? he is about to turn 30, you know)

Cooley--yeah, he has value (but does his contract make moving him prohibitive?)

Davis--yeah, improved play will make him attractive (but why move a player you can use?)

Maybe until you can definately depend on Thomas/Mitchell/Kelly, you hold on to Moss, but become way more creative in using him.

Two tight end sets featuring both Davis and Cooley would be a headache maker.

So let's keep them all: the three of them together is probably better than whatever Vinny would get in return.


Posted by: MistaMoe | November 6, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

all this concern about who plays receiver.THE PROBLEM IS THE QUARTERBACK, HE IS NOT ACCURATE, HE HOLDS THE BALL TOO LONG AND HIS 3 TURNOVERS A GAME WILL AGAIN GUARANTEE A LOSS.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | November 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Campbell says "Fred has the talent to make it here". To bad our starting QB doesn't! Its time to let Todd Colins play!

Posted by: kellsz1 | November 6, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ccwbambam | November 6, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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