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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Redskins promoting James Davis to 53-man roster

By Rick Maese

With running back Chad Simpson needing surgery on his foot, the Redskins will promote James Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Monday, according to two league sources.

Adding Davis gives the Redskins much needed depth while Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain recover from injuries. After Simpson went down in pregame warm-ups Sunday and Portis aggravated his groin injury in the first half, rookie Keiland Williams was the team's only healthy running back for the second week in a row.

Davis tweeted Monday afternoon: "The cuffs has been taken off the beast."

The Redskins added Davis to the practice squad on Oct. 26, and coaches have said they've been pleased with his progress in the offense. Davis passed up a chance to join Carolina's 53-man roster earlier this month because he said he felt better about his opportunities in Washington.

A four-year standout at Clemson, Davis was selected by Cleveland in the seventh-round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Before the Browns released him last month, Davis tallied nine yards on four carries this season.

By Rick Maese  | November 22, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Running backs  
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Comments

It's about time this guy will do well for the Skins book it.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

First to say this kid's college highlights look legit, and he started in front of #7 pick CJ Spiller so I'm excited to see what the kids got.

Wish childress got fired next monday instead of this however...

Posted by: zjenks | November 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Russell Anderson and Chad simpson on IR

Davis up

Shanny press conference

Waiting to see on the rest of the injuries.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"A four-year standout at Clemson, Davis was selected by Cleveland in the seventh-round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Before the Browns released him last month, Davis tallied nine yards on four carries this season."

By Rick Maese

He was taken in the 6th Rd. He led the Tigers in rushing all 4 years and had a shoulder injury his SR yr which caused his stock to drop.

He's 5'11 218 and would add some much needed speed to our back field.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

They will work out guys to replace Anderson.

Not sure how the o-line will be configured next week, waiting to see who can go and who can't.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Dirty Davis was a solid runner at Clemson, good size power combo but w great speed. Plus he had a real nose for the end zone dude was a TD machine there.

Hate to root for injury but the more sever Rabachs injury is the happier I will be.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

pretty sure Davis is a 6th rounder, though the WP keeps referring him as a 7th rounder, no biggie, but just to clarify

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Davis_%28running_back%29

Posted by: mikeskapla | November 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how the o-line will be configured next week, waiting to see who can go and who can't.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 3:08 P

Any word on how long Rabach is out. Hear he had a tear in the knee.

Posted by: TWISI | November 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 22, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you are a sad little racist aren't you??? You sound gay too if you are calling me YOURS. Sorry, everyone knows I belong to PlayAction, or is it that we are the same person. Oh well, I wanted to have a better discussion on the Vikes but got caught up with work, catch up with you guys later.

That means I'm leaving prick-prick. Just thought I'd let you know!!!

Posted by: monk811 | November 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Good news! Let's get the infusion of youth this team so desperately needs. Now that we've been forced to carve through 14 players to find our core, it is time we start adding some muscle.

Small thought. Iggles - Redskin blowout - perfect storm of slumbering skins with a weak game plan taking on a team that found itself since we beat them. Having found that they are an immoral, unethical, and team that sold itself to the Devil with a Dog Killer at the helm, it wasn't surprising that the initial results of the marriage with satan took off. Just remember, these marriages never end pretty.

Posted by: laserwizard | November 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan: Promoting Cook or Capers from the practice squad is a likely option if Rabach and Hicks can't play Sunday. 13 minutes ago


Shanahan dodged the question about whether Heyer is a viable option at guard going forward. 15 minutes ago

Posted by: TWISI | November 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Flounder21

It's about time this guy (James Davis) will do well for the Skins book it.

You gotta hope he becomes that 'Danny Woodhead'-'Peyton Hillis'-'L Blount' find for us.

If he proves to be a decent back with speed, we go into the off season with Torain, Williams, and Davis all competing to replace Portis.

And whereas they might not be the greatest individually, in a passing league, they would be more than just adequate as a trio or two-headed tandem.


Posted by: MistaMoe | November 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Any word on how long Rabach is out. Hear he had a tear in the knee.

Posted by: TWISI | November 22, 2010 3:14 PM |

2nd degree tear but they said they will see how he feels later in the week. I think he is out but Shanny is not going to say that.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Loved Shanahan's answer if Will Montgomery could play center even if Casey is healthy. I bet they at least consider it. If anything else, it helps their long term strategy for improving this line next year.

Posted by: Devo2 | November 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy any better than (Ho-No) Larry Johnson or (Not So) Fast Willie Parker?

Or he is just cheaper?

I'm all for young, lean and hungry... but only so long as it can run, block and catch the occasional outlet pass.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 22, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you are a sad little racist aren't you??? You sound gay too if you are calling me YOURS. Sorry, everyone knows I belong to PlayAction, or is it that we are the same person. Oh well, I wanted to have a better discussion on the Vikes but got caught up with work, catch up with you guys later.

That means I'm leaving prick-prick. Just thought I'd let you know!!!

Posted by: monk811 | November 22, 2010 3:16 PM |

Monk, you're a toolbox. I own you because you cannot, for the life of you, make it through one of your miserable days without addressing me on some level. You have no control - I do. I have never once even acknowledged your presence save for firing back at you and sh*t-stomping you here.

Keep on struggling while you have hess' scrotum in your mouth.

HAHHAHAHA.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 22, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you are a sad little racist aren't you??? You sound gay too if you are calling me YOURS. Sorry, everyone knows I belong to PlayAction, or is it that we are the same person. Oh well, I wanted to have a better discussion on the Vikes but got caught up with work, catch up with you guys later.

That means I'm leaving prick-prick. Just thought I'd let you know!!!

Posted by: monk811 | November 22, 2010 3:16 PM

That's true PF...told you the other day that I own monk...I own hessone too but willing to negotiate with you on him.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Loved Shanahan's answer if Will Montgomery could play center even if Casey is healthy. I bet they at least consider it. If anything else, it helps their long term strategy for improving this line next year.

Posted by: Devo2 | November 22, 2010 3:19 PM |

devo,

As you know Shanny is never going to anwser a question like that, but I think he knows what he is going to do.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

flound thanks for the updates.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Love that this dude is getting his shot.

Especially because it gives us another chance, as a fan base, to overinflate our expectations of a training camp/practice squad darling and then get all hyperbolic about whatever he does or does not do on the field.

This... this is what we live for.

Hail to you, James Davis, and the winged unicorn you're riding to the stadium on Sunday.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

James Davis wrote on his twitter: "The cuffs has been taken off the beast"

Posted by: rachel216 | November 22, 2010 2:58 PM

I'll say this much for him, he's CP's equal at grammar.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Loved Shanahan's answer if Will Montgomery could play center even if Casey is healthy. I bet they at least consider it. If anything else, it helps their long term strategy for improving this line next year.

Posted by: Devo2 | November 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What was his answer about it?

Montgomery taking over the center spot could be huge.

I know it's just one game, but he looked soooo much better than Rabach.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan dodged the question about whether Heyer is a viable option at guard going forward. 15 minutes ago

Posted by: TWISI | November 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, if he's playing guard then who is the backup tackle? As much as he takes crap on this board Heyer is a quality backup at either tackle position. He isn't the best by any means but the offense can still function with him in the game. I'd like to see Heyer at guard but would understand if they kept him healthy on the bench.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Good news on Davis. I'm glad he stuck around instead of going to the Panthers. Hopefully, he will be as good a fit for the zone blocking scheme as people are predicting.

I feel bad for Anderson Russell. Finally getting a chance after sitting on the practice squad all season, he ends up with a season ending injury in the first quarter of his first game. Tough break.

Posted by: kaasmaster | November 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Love that this dude is getting his shot.

Especially because it gives us another chance, as a fan base, to overinflate our expectations of a training camp/practice squad darling and then get all hyperbolic about whatever he does or does not do on the field.

This... this is what we live for.

Hail to you, James Davis, and the winged unicorn you're riding to the stadium on Sunday.

Posted by: NateinthePDX

That and panties. looooool

Posted by: jm220 | November 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What was his answer about it?

Montgomery taking over the center spot could be huge.

I know it's just one game, but he looked soooo much better than Rabach.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 22, 2010 3:28 PM |

He said I'll let you anwser that question I don't talk about who's starting no need to give a team any advantage.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Nate, it's a winged unicorn in BATTLE ARMOR.

And its cuffs have also been taken off.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

IR Beeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan dodged the question about whether Heyer is a viable option at guard going forward. 15 minutes ago

Posted by: TWISI | November 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, if he's playing guard then who is the backup tackle? As much as he takes crap on this board Heyer is a quality backup at either tackle position. He isn't the best by any means but the offense can still function with him in the game. I'd like to see Heyer at guard but would understand if they kept him healthy on the bench.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Nate and jm . . . old school. Where are cl and AMTTS?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

As much as he takes crap on this board Heyer is a quality backup at either tackle position.


Agreed.

And as a guard, he played well considering you'd think his height and length would make him an easy target for bulky interior defensive linemen.

And btw: the issues at right guard all flow back to Mike Williams' not being healthy this year.

If Williams had been healthy, much of the conversation about back ups at guard would be moot.

It only goes to show how one guy's absence effects an entire unit.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hail to you, James Davis, and the winged unicorn you're riding to the stadium on Sunday.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 22, 2010 3:27 PM

LOL, Nate! Same beast that so man have flown in on: Marcus Mason, Quinton Ganther, Marko Mitchell, Colt Brennan, Nehemiah Broughton.

Fly in on the unicorn, sneak out on the Greyhound. And you don't even need a pat-down before getting on the unicorn.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCo_oAglu48&feature=related

All the James Davis I need to see to be intrigued.

Posted by: mjsciann1 | November 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

umpa lumpa doopity doo, I got another running back for you ...

Posted by: pejochum | November 22, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

umpa lumpa doopity doo, I got another running back for you ...

Posted by: pejochum | November 22, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I watch a lot of ACC football, and trust me this guy is legit.

He was a four-year starter at Clemson and he was on a pace to break the career rushing record there until injuries and offensive issues at Clemson derailed him his senior year.

By the way, all of his best plays in college came when he was running the stretch play. That is one of the reasons that he signed with the Skins when he had lots of other offers.

He is a downhill one cut type runner who has a power and explosive on-the-field speed even if not a great 40yd time.

Downside is this kid is a no wiggle to get away from backfield penetration and he is TERRIBLE in pass protection. If he does even a decent job handling his pass protection responsibilities, that is a huge credit to the coaches.

I'm really excited to see what he can do. In college, he was the "thunder" to Spiller's "lightning," here he could be the "lightning" to Torrain's "thunder."

Posted by: SportzWiz | November 22, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

To partly understand what CP is going through, watch this 1 min video. After seeing the video, now imagine a groin tear off the bone, the type CP is still recovering from.


http://video.about.com/sportsmedicine/Pulled-Groin-Muscle.htm

Posted by: abxinc | November 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Davis tweeted Monday afternoon: "The cuffs has been taken off the beast."

Oh, man. (shaking head)

These kids today.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

To partly understand what CP is going through, watch this 1 min video. After seeing the video, now imagine a groin tear off the bone, the type CP is still recovering from.


http://video.about.com/sportsmedicine/Pulled-Groin-Muscle.htm

Posted by: abxinc | November 22, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Stu27 - your comment on Rabach "hit the nail on the head". It could be a blessing in disguise! no hate intended, just time to move on from the Rabach era, and the middle seemed stronger.

Posted by: oknow1 | November 22, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Shanny has had good luck with 6th round RBs named Davis. Unleash the beast, IR Rabach, and promote Cook.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 22, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Though I'd love to see how Cook does getting some reps, I'd leave Montgomery at Center.

Then I'd activate Capers [as the backup "swing" Tackle], have Hicks available [while healing] as a backup G/T, and leave Heyer at guard.

Giving the team:

Williams,
Lichtensteiger,
Montgomery,
Heyer,
Brown

As the starters and:

Capers [Tackle],
Hicks [G/emergency T],
Rabach [healing backup C]

as backups.

Then you could still activate Cook if Rabach goes to IR.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | November 23, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The kid looks great in highlight films. I'd love them to give Capers a chance to block for him. He's got potential.

Posted by: bostskin | November 23, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The youth movement and player choices that have been the cornerstone of the Redskin's ineptitude may be reversed by fate. They will be forced to play youth and hunger over age and reputation. This will be good for the Skins in the long run...guaranteed. James Davis has tons of skill. He just needs to get it right in his head.

Posted by: bharn | November 23, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The youth movement and player choices that have been the cornerstone of the Redskin's ineptitude may be reversed by fate. They will be forced to play youth and hunger over age and reputation. This will be good for the Skins in the long run...guaranteed. James Davis has tons of skill. He just needs to get it right in his head.

Posted by: bharn | November 23, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This guy Davis is actually a pretty good fit for a Shanahan running attack -- he's strong and tough and keeps his feet moving forward. He's not that fast, but nobody's asking him to make a bunch of cuts. I'm not sure how he is as a blocker, but he's OK otherwise.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Davis is a good runner, but he needs to learn pass protection before he becomes really useful. I don't know where he is in that process, but I'd be concerned if I were D. McNabb. Still, it will be interesting to see if he can fulfill some of the promise he showed last yaar at Cleveland. Here's hoping.

Posted by: Charles_Day@comcast.net | November 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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