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If Jordan Reed forced to miss time, Vernon Davis very capable to step in

If Jordan Reed forced to miss time, Vernon Davis very capable to step in

With the status of Jordan Reed's injured shoulder unknown, the Redskins face a dilemma. Their star tight end brings so much to the offense, so the team wants him available as quickly as possible, but also wants to be sure Reed can play the rest of the season, not just focus on one game.

Washington has an advantage in waiting for Reed, and that's backup tight end Vernon Davis. 

Signed to a one-year deal last offseason, many around the NFL wondered if Davis' best years were long gone. A rookie in 2006, Davis played for some great 49ers teams, making a Super Bowl, and a pair of Pro Bowls. But in 2014 and 2015, Davis accounted for just 640 yards combined while bouncing from the Niners to the Broncos.

Signing with Washington was a fresh start for Davis, and he's embraced it. In 11 games this season, Davis has 31 catches for 450 yards and two touchdowns.

While giving the 'Skins a lethal two tight end package when Reed is healthy, Davis' has also excelled with Reed out. Reed missed two games earlier this year while dealing with a concussion, and in those two weeks, Davis had nearly 130 yards receiving and a TD. 

Washington's coaches recognize how much of an asset Davis is. 

"We felt very comfortable that if he was put in this situation that there would be a chance for him to have success. And he’s definitely done a great job," 'Skins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said of Davis before the Packers game. "There’s still that talent there. He never really lost a step, and he’s done a great job and we’re very fortunate to have him."

Obviously, the Redskins want Jordan Reed on the field, but having a backup like Davis to rely on is quite an asset as well. 

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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