As the Redskins continue to monitor the status of tight end Jordan Reed as he works through the NFL concussion protocol, the team promoted tight end J.P. Holtz from the practice squad, a source told NBC Sports Washington.
In turn, Washington needed to release a player from the 53-man roster to make room for Holtz. That player ended up being wide receiver Robert Davis, per a source, though the team hopes to bring him back to the organization next week.
Davis impressed the front office and coaching staff during training camp, and made plays in the preseason, including two touchdown catches. Still, Davis' primary value on the field looked like as a special teams player, and with no decision yet on Reed, the team needed the roster spot. The Athletic first reported the roster moves.
Washington definitely wouldn't release Reed even if he's not cleared for action Week 1 in Philadelphia. That news has not come down yet, but some expect the tight end to sit out the game against the Eagles, though Reed is scheduled to travel with the Redskins to Philadelphia, per a source.
Holtz has never been active in an NFL game, but should he play, he'd be the third tight end behind Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle. It's also possible the Redskins could keep Reed, Davis, Sprinkle and Holtz active, with Holtz expected to play on all special teams units as Davis would have, but it seems unlikely.
Releasing Davis presents a few wrinkles too. Expect all five Redskins receivers on the roster to be active, and that means rookie Steven Sims will be suited up in Philadelphia.
What does it mean at the running back spot though? There has been growing speculation that veteran RB Adrian Peterson could be a healthy scratch for the Eagles game because he's not a special teams contributor. With Davis gone, the Redskins lose a core special teams player. Wendell Smallwood, the Redskins fourth running back signed this week from Philadelphia, can play on every special teams' group.
Lots of moving parts, but Reed's status will be the biggest part of the jigsaw puzzle.
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