Fred Davis sounds sincere when he says hes learned his lesson and wont jeopardize his team or career the way he did toward the end of last season.But if he hasnt, the NFL has put into place ways to keep him on the straight and narrow.Davis, who was suspended for the final four games last season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, said he is subject to drug tests two to three times each week.The 26-year-old tight end also said hes been meeting with a counselor each week since being suspended last December for a drug test he failed during the 2011 season.It does help to talk to somebody, Davis acknowledged.Davis said he and Trent Williams, who was also suspended for the final four games, speak often and offer support for one another.I knew when I made that mistake, me and Trent both knew it was wrong, Davis said. Just talking to each other, knowing never to put our team and jeopardize them like that again, thats the main thing. Talking between each other really helped us.In addition to playing on a one-year contract, Davis has something else that motivates him: knowing that another positive test will result in a yearlong ban from the NFL and potential loss of his livelihood.Thats where personal responsibility enters the equation, he said.I know its a decision and its something Im not going to do again, Davis added. Youve got to talk to yourself about it, at the of the day.
MIAMI -- The Redskins proved on Sunday that they're not the worst team in the NFL. That would be the Dolphins.
Washington ground out their first victory of the year thanks largely to Adrian Peterson's legs and Terry McLaurin's hands. It's great for the organization to finally get a win after an 0-5 start and firing head coach Jay Gruden last week, but make no mistake, Miami is an awful football team. The Redskins had to win this one.
Here's how it happened:
- When the Redskins named Bill Callahan as interim head coach, he made clear he intended to run the football. A lot. He's a man of his word. The Redskins gave the ball to Peterson 23 times and he gained 118 yards. That's the first 100-yard rushing day for Washington this season and Peterson's first since Week 16 last year in Nashville.
- Case Keenum didn't throw the ball much, but when he did go McLaurin's way it worked very well. The rookie wide receiver had four catches for 100 yards but more importantly, hauled in two touchdowns. Both Redskins scores came via Keenum to McLaurin. The 2019 season is largely lost in Washington, but McLaurin's emergence has been an excellent subplot for the team. He's emerging as a potential real No. 1 wideout, something that has been missing in D.C. since Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson left in free agency after the 2016 season.
- Wow, Miami is bad, especially when Josh Rosen is at quarterback. The second-year pro completed 15 of 25 passes for 85 yards and two interceptions before getting benched at the end of the third quarter. The Dolphins offense looked much better once veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game, and the team scored a touchdown on his first drive.
- Callahan wants to be conservative, which is all well and good against Miami, but the team exercised an embarrassing lack of urgency at the end of this first half. The Redskins got the ball with about 70 seconds before the half and a timeout. A good team tries to move the ball down field in that situation and get points. Washington either didn't have that intention or showed terrible time management in the two-minute drill. Again, maybe against Miami, the Redskins coaches thought a four-point lead was insurmountable, but in general, that's a very flawed strategy.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins on a late run, scoring a touchdown to bring Miami within one as the clock was running down. But, the Redskins managed to break up a two-point conversion attempt and the entire fanbase breathed a sigh of relief.
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There hasn't been much to celebrate this season for the Washington Redskins.
But when Shaun Dion Hamilton picked off Josh Rosen midway through the third quarter, the defense decided to have a little fun with it.
Washington's defense has kept the team in a few games where the offense was nonexistent this year. So, it's understandable it would want a little more camera time after causing a Miami Dolphins turnover. Even if it's just the Dolphins, the Redskins defense will celebrate any win the team can get.
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