Fred Davis is biding his time and waiting for the ball to come his way


Fred Davis grabs a pass during training camp July 27. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

In practices, Davis has gone about his business, but has provided few highlights, and on the three series that the starters played last week at Buffalo, Davis wasn’t targeted by QB Robert Griffin III. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon was targeted four times, Leonard Hankerson once, and Niles Paul once in Griffin’s six attempts.

Davis, who averaged 4.9 catches per game last season and set career highs with 59 receptions for 796 yards, hopes to be more involved Saturday night at Chicago. But he says that he’ll continue to prepare and wait patiently until his number is called.

“You definitely hope to [be involved], but you’ve just got to follow whatever the coaches want to do,” Davis said. “They’ve got all the plays they want to call, and they don’t want to expose everything in the preseason. But hopefully, you always want a couple balls. Want to get some balls and be able to run after the catch. But really, I just want to win.”

The Redskins’ highest priority of the offseason was upgrading an offense that sorely lacked explosive playmakers, ranking 26th in the NFL in scoring, with 18 points a game. The Redskins drafted Griffin, and signed Garcon and Josh Morgan to bolster the wide receiving unit.

More playmakers could mean fewer opportunities for Davis. But the tight end would rather be a part of a more effective offense and succeed than put up career numbers and lose.

“You always want playmakers on your team. The ball has to be spread around, and that way, when somebody starts keying on one guy, you can go to another guy,” he said.

So Davis won’t let the number of opportunities he receives in the preseason affect him. Eventually, his patience will pay off, he believes.

“You’ve got to be a professional and know how to handle it,” Davis said. “And then, when the season comes, you’ll be ready, be in grind mode and your opportunities will come.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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