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James Davis says he's ready to play Monday

By Rick Maese

Practice squad running back James Davis offered a bit of clarity on his status Wednesday -- but not much.

Davis turned down an offer this week to join Carolina's 53-man roster, choosing instead to remain on the Redskins practice squad. It's a curious decision, but one that might make sense.

For starters, Davis suggested that the Redskins made it more financially lucrative to remain in Washington. "They worked out a good situation with me to keep me here," he said.

And secondly, he says, "it's a better opportunity here" on the Redskins' practice squad, rather than the Panthers' 53-man roster. That likely means either that he thinks he might be activated soon to Washington's 53-man squad, or that he didn't believe he'd be utilized much on Carolina's.

"Carolina, they got two first-round picks. When they come back, those guys are going to be in there," Davis said. "I think with the position here, I got a good chance of playing this system."

Davis did not say whether the coaches have offered any sort of guarantee, but did say, "I can tell you after this game, what's probably going to happen. I don't know yet what's going to happen. But teams keep calling, so..."

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he wouldn't know until later this week whether Ryan Torain (hamstring) and Clinton Portis (groin) would be available to play against the Eagles. Portis said Tuesday he expects to be a game-time decision. If neither can go, Davis might make the most sense.

Asked if he thinks he'll be active this week, Davis said, "Um, they didn't really say nothing like that. But they know with Torain and Clinton, they was like, just be ready."

Davis said he's been studying the team's training camp playbook, and he feels he's already up to speed.

"I feel comfortable with it," Davis said. "Of course, I'm still trying to learn some stuff, like audibles and stuff like that. That's something you definitely got to know. But as far as playbook and stuff like that, I know the plays. It's all about coaches trusting me to put me in there."

By Rick Maese  | November 10, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Running backs  
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Comments

Dude is smart -- and knows his time will come.

It's only a matter of time before they IR CP26... and even before that happens, Redskins still need someone who can carry the ball -- besides injury-prone Torrain and less-than impressive Williams.

Question is, can he block too?

Posted by: Vic1 | November 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Anybody seen this guy play? Is he any good?

Posted by: Alan4 | November 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

He knows the playbook already? DT studied it for 6 months and couldn't get it. Some people are saying that DMac still doesn't get it. (Of course, he has a hell of a lot more to remember.)

Looking forward to seeing this guy play. Anything that can raise the general intelligence of the team is a good thing.

Posted by: NYPDee | November 10, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Ooh another scrap-heaper will b ready?!

Portis is stat. Better that Torain and that doesn't even count pass prot. And defensive respect/game planning. Take that u effin haters!

Shannahans benching New Soup, Campbell lighting it up in Oakland.

Players saying mcNabb will decide to stay or not at THE END of the year.

Articles about nobodies.

Debacle. I hope zorn-a-cool proves me wrong but so fat is only proving me right.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 10, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Translation - The Redskins paid him significantly more than want a normal PS player would get. Similiar to what the Bucks did this year to a lineman.....

And this is more evidence that CP26 won't be playing this Monday. Davis gets activated and will play on STs, eventually. And Chad Simpson/Roydell Williams/Galloway will be cut very soon.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 10, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

JC8 just got another vote of cofidence from Al Davis. Last time he got that, he was benched.

Posted by: roccoskins | November 10, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

All you need to know about this guys scouting report:

Davis' lack of blocking ability will scare off more than one team and it is that (not his rushing ability) which will keep him out of the first day.

http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=1339

Posted by: tony325 | November 10, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Davis said, "Um, they didn't really say nothing like that. But they know with Torain and Clinton, they was like, just be ready."

Great, another brainiac. Did this guy go to The U also? Sounds like Carlos Roger's cousin!!!

Posted by: monk811 | November 10, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

He was a great college RB. When he was with the Browns he was a good RB about to break out. He did great in Preseason and after a couple injuries he was set up to get some solid PT. Then in practice they made him run some tackling drills with no pads since he was a rookie. It seperated his shoulder and he was placed on IR.
I am biased since i went to Clemson where he was a stud, but i think he can be a great pick up and surprise some people. He was the number one back ahead of CJ Spiller for three years. Big time college player but lets hope he can show the skins some promise. HAIL!!!!!

Posted by: SkinsTigers | November 10, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

He knows the plabook except for audibles, so NO he can't block.

Vic1 is such a Portis hater, unbelievable. One of the only consistent quality players who keeps his nose clean AND we suck witout him. The offense has fallen off a cliff w/o portis

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 10, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the guy on the bubble here is Keiland Williams. From what I read about Davis he's neither a good pass catcher or pass blocker, so if he surpasses Keiland Williams the team will have to shift someone to be the passing downs back, assuming Portis won't be healthy enough to contribute for at least a few more weeks. Torain is a pretty good pass catcher and is as good a pass blocker was Williams, so maybe Torain becomes the every down back and Davis only spells him occasionally on running downs.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 10, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


beeps peeps

Posted by: hessone | November 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

This season SHOULD be about finding younger players that can play.

I know Shanahan didn't exactly start things off that way with the trade for McNabb and Brown.

But we should look at James Davis.

There is nothing compelling right now about Portis or Keiland Williams or Chad Simpson for 2011.

All three may be gone.

Torain has shown the most of the backs in his time on the field but must show he can stay healthy.

I only wish the Redskins were taking the opportunity to snag an OL or two from the practice squads of teams with good OL talent already on the roster.

We need to keep churning these guys as I guarantee you that 2-3 years from now at least one of these players that is available will be an NFL starter.

Wouldn't it be nice if the player was a starter for Washington this time instead of Pittsburgh or New England?

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | November 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. Looks like he ran with Riggins and has a couple of grandkids in the stands.

http://www.redskins.com/gen/players/James_Davis.jsp

Posted by: getitritegov | November 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

He knows the playbook already? DT studied it for 6 months and couldn't get it. Some people are saying that DMac still doesn't get it.

Posted by: NYPDee | November 10, 2010 12:46 PM |

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Do you have any evidence for either of these accusations of Stupidity?

Or are you just referencing some unnamed, red-faced, lying source?

Might want to be a bit more careful who you believe. I could say you're stupid, too. You wouldn't want everybody saying, "Oh, OK. That explains it!"

I don't buy that these professional NFL players can't understand/get the offense. The hardest offensive position, from a purely cerebral perspective, is probably on the offensive line. They're usually the smartest guys on the team.

Receivers' assignments are usually not that difficult, especially if you're always the X or the Y or the Z and don't switch up. Presumably, D Thomas had been learning plays AT LEAST since high school and to pretty decent success. College playbooks are no joke. Suddenly, he doesn't understand when to run a post or a corner? I don't buy it.

You shouldn't either. Not JUST because it's obviously a lie, but because it makes you look really stupid and gullible.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Davis can run. He is powerful. We was going to be the Browns starter as a rookie until they injured him by having him take hits without full pads (the Browns were reprimanded for it too). He has had some injury issues, but never really got a chance after getting healthy. I runs downhill and knows he was drafted late. If he is healthy, I think we have our 2011 starting RB.

Posted by: jaguar2490 | November 11, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Here is the book on JD.

He is a good inside zone runner. He fits the scheme really well. He has very good inside vision and makes the cutbacks in the zone scheme that turn 5 yard gains into 15. Hits the hole hard and fast. Born to run in zone and cutback.

James is a guy that plays hard. I like to say he falls forward. He always get the extra yard or two. He does not have breakaway speed. He will get run down from behind by NFL DBs.

He does not fumble. He breaks tackles and makes people miss.

He's an average pass catcher out of the backfield. He is a little better than average pass blocker. He's not CP26 in that category.

He is a great locker room guy. Shared time with CJ Spiller with no quarrels.

In the NFL he needs to be in a zone scheme like Shanahan's and get the ball 15-20 times a game. He should gain an average of 70-80 yards a game in a that scenario, and can have bigger games. He moves the chains. He sets up play action. He hits people. Was one of my favorite players at Clemson.

Here is a "tribute" video somebody did on YouTube. It is long but you can clearly see the cutbacks on zone runs and how he is always moving forward. He even catches a few balls.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeovxDqZYyA

Posted by: bhaynes1 | November 12, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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