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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