Fred Davis makes a contribution with Jordan Reed sidelined


Fred Davis, hauling in a touchdown pass against the Falcons, has been getting playing time again with Jordan Reed out. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

One of quarterback Kirk Cousins’s three touchdown passes for the Washington Redskins in last Sunday’s loss at Atlanta went to an unlikely source. Tight end Fred Davis caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Cousins for only his sixth catch of the season and his first touchdown.

“It was just a play-action play,” Davis said after the game. “I got open. It was wide open and Kirk just hit me.”

Davis has gotten back into the playing-time mix for the Redskins with rookie tight end Jordan Reed sidelined for the past four games since suffering a concussion during a Nov. 17 game at Philadelphia. Davis has three catches in the past three games. Prior to that, he hadn’t had a catch since Sept. 15. He was on the inactive list for five straight games prior to Reed being sidelined.

“It was just fun to get out there, something I know I should have [had] an opportunity to do all year,” Davis said Sunday. “But it still was fun.”

Davis’s touchdown catch Sunday was his first since Nov. 27, 2011.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

●  The Redskins resume practice on Wednesday.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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Mark Maske · December 17, 2013