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Zorn says Davis's work is paying off

In two games as the Redskins' starting tight end, Fred Davis has six catches for 76 yards. He also had eight receptions - including his first career touchdown - and 78 yards during the Week 7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley was injured.

Davis's blocking has improved and that's an encouraging development for the Redskins, who have used more two-tight-end formations in the running game since Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels and right guard Randy Thomas suffered season-ending injuries. Davis is coming along nicely, Coach Jim Zorn said.

"Every week, actually, I should say, every day, he just continues to improve, and it started with that bye week the time that he spent out there working," Zorn said. "But then each week, I think after the first game, he really saw ... the speed, how tough it was going to be, how hard he had to come to the game. He had to be very tough physically, very tough mentally. It's really shown in the way he's prepared."

Cooley, backup tight end Todd Yoder and tight ends coach Scott Wachenheim have been helpful and very supportive of Davis, Zorn said.

"A lot goes to him [Davis] in his preparation," Zorn said. "Todd Yoder with the encouragement, Cooley on the fringe but then his coach, his position coach, Scott Wachenheim. He's done a wonderful job continuing to hammer all those fundamentals and all those things, especially with the information.

"There's just a ton of information. He's on the left side. He's on the right side. He's in motion. He's shifting. All those things take time. I think he's done a wonderful job putting those things together."

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out with cooley and portis.....

Posted by: dmlopez1 | November 21, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

out with cooley and portis.....

Posted by: dmlopez1 | November 21, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Davis is just average just like the other 2 wasted 2nd round blunders by the ever venerable Mr Cerrato!

Posted by: iubiquity | November 21, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Well doggonit Zorn, is it just doning on you that if you put the young players in the game and work them into the offense that they might just develop and help the Team.

It was such a shame that Aldridge fumbled that kick off or punt return in preseason and that was used as an excuse to cut him.

I remember the commentators saying that he would not make the Team because of it.

Now after all the banged up vets and poor play and bad play calling has come to light, we now have to rely on players that were not given chances and a new playcaller, things are lookin up.

We never needed to start from scratch with this team but we did need to give players fair chances to prove they were worthy enough to contribute.

And I said before that whomever idea it was to bring in The Bingo Caller might have hit a stroke of genuius.

Was it Cerrato or Synder, or someone else in the organization we don't know about?

Surely Zorn did not like it for I remember him saying that it would take awhile for Lewis to get up to speed. What?

Then Zorn went out and called another stinker of a game and then he got tapped on the shoulder; "Mr. Zorn, your play calling duties are over, Mr. Lewis is up to speed now."

Ha! Ha!

Boy, you can't make this stuff up. What if the Redskin's kick Dallas's butt and go on a roll.

Hope is Eternal. Amen.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 21, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I get sick of these tv morons like Gruden and Collinsworth exalting Portis' praises like they really know anything about our(Skins) history, while in reality feeding off an a long history of overvalue and a hyperbolic name. He played hard on Sunday and blocked well.. yes.. running prowess with OUR team.. a resonding NO!!

Posted by: iubiquity | November 21, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"Zorn says Davis's work is paying off"

He's finally getting 'it': the recognition that work, preparation, and seizing opportunity is what makes an NFL player a playa.

Devin Thomas will eventually get it.

Chad Rhinehart got it after a couple of fits and starts.

Malcolm Kelly was given it and showed that he may not deserve it.

And if Kelly doesn't deserve it, Marko Mitchell is there to get his chance to get it.

Either way, the skins have a nice youth movement flowing and growing.

And maybe what we bloggas don't get is that patience is perhaps the policy right now.

'Cuz eventually, all these young guys will get it.

And we'll be that much further along on the road to repairing the ten year broken redskin offense.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 21, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

out with cooley and portis.....

Posted by: dmlopez1 | November 21, 2009 10:31 AM

out with cooley... you must be crazy!!! 3 guys (davis, yoder, and seller) are doing what he does... crazy i tell you!!!

portis is a paycheck player you should of had his bags packed and trade when gibbs left...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 21, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Well doggonit Zorn, is it just doning on you that if you put the young players in the game and work them into the offense that they might just develop and help the Team."--

POSTED BY: LarryinClinton

Not the way it works. You don't had the keys to the car to a kid if he hasn't learned how to drive it. And the fact is, Davis didnt' start trying until Cooley got hurt.

Anyone could see the difference between last year and this in, say Tryon. He sucked last year.This year, he's applied himself and learned the game a little. Hence he gets in, hence he shows some skills. Ditto Rinehart. They aren't good just becasue they got to play. They're better because they learned what it takes to play. Sure, some maybe most of that is on Zorn, but it's also on them and onVinny for drafting such unmotivated lunkheads in the first place.

When Kelly got his opportunity to play at the beginning of this year, he bombed. Both he and Thomas showed up out of shape physically and mentally last year. He may not have hte physical gifts. Thomas does. WIll he care enough to be good? Jury is still out.

Funny thing. They work heard and actually learn the system, gifted athletes produce.

But they should NOT get on the field until they earn it.

Posted by: TheCork | November 21, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Free Marko!

Posted by: bostskin | November 21, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

F Dallas

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 21, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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