Fred Davis: Redskins still holding back portions of playbook

September 22, 2012

Through two games, the Washington Redskins boast the highest scoring average in the NFL, and the fourth-highest total of yards gained. But tight end Fred Davis says that the unit still has yet to show all of the playbook, or play up to it’s full potential.

Redskins' tight end Fred Davis
Redskins’ tight end Fred Davis had two catches for 14 yards on Sunday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The 40 points in the season opener against New Orleans and the 28 points last week against the Rams marked the first time under Mike Shanahan that Washington has scored at least 28 points in back-to-back games. And the 68 points combined for the highest two-week total since the Redskins produced 70 points in Weeks 16 and 17 of the 2005 season.

 The Redskins have produced big plays through the air – an 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon in Week 1, and a 68-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson last week – and have generated at least 150 rushing yards in back-to-back weeks.

 

“I’m not really surprised,” Davis said. “I knew with the offense that we had, and then putting R.G. in it and everyone paying attention to detail, we could be better than what we were doing. When we watch film, there’s still a lot of stuff we leave out there. It’s still early, only game 2.”

 Davis was a focal point of Washington’s offense last season, averaging 4.9 catches and 66.3 yards per game. But he has yet to have a similar impact during this young season, mustering a total of four catches for 52 yards on nine targets.

 Davis isn’t worried about the slow start, however. He believes his involvement will fluctuate from week to week depending on matchups, and which portions of the playbook the Redskins tap into.

 “The more we get comfortable with this offense and mixing it up a lot, changing it up on each defense each week and not showing everything each week, they won’t know which way we’re coming from,” he said. “We’ll keep people on our toes, and that’s what we want.”

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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