“I see it as opportunity. As long as we win, everybody’s looking at us, and we’ll get our chance to shine. That’s all you want,” Davis said.
He just has to stay on the field. Attitude was never an issue, and he proved to coaches last season he had matured following his drug suspension. He has emerged as a leader on a team that has a blend of veterans and young incoming talent.
The Post Sports Live crew offers early impressions on the injuries, recoveries and fans from the first week of Redskins training camp.
The Post Sports Live crew debates whether the Redskins defense will be more susceptible to the run or the pass in the first part of the season with injuries to Keenan Robinson and Adam Carriker and Jarvis Jenkins’s four-game suspension.
“Even with all the success he has had, he’s respectful to the coaches, still takes coaching well and just keeps learning,” rookie tight end Jordan Reed said. “And the biggest thing I’ve learned from watching him is just how consistent he is and the confidence that he has in his ability and making plays all the time. That takes a lot of effort, mentally and physically to be able to play on that level consistently like that.”
Davis hasn’t displayed any ill effects from the Achilles’ tendon injury that cost him the final nine games of last season. After having surgery Oct. 23 and spending the winter inching his way back, Davis received clearance to run in the spring. The Redskins held him out of all offseason practices to give him additional time to train and heal, and Davis got the green light last week to practice fully once camp began.
Six days of practice in, Davis appears to have recaptured his speed and explosiveness. He has run routes without limitation and gotten open, beating coverage by linebackers and safeties.
“He has quickness. He’s a very athletic tight end. He knows how to separate himself and run routes in tight coverage and get the ball,” said rookie safety Bacarri Rambo, who admits covering Davis has proved challenging. “He’s competitive. He makes me a better player covering him. We’ll be out there competing. I enjoy him being out there. He brings the best out of me.”
Davis says he doesn’t feel any pain, soreness or weakness in his Achilles’ tendon and that he hasn’t struggled with conditioning. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan planned on giving Davis Wednesday off to rest, but Davis declined, saying he wanted to continue working his way back into top form.
Said tight ends coach Sean McVay: “Ever since we came here in 2010 with this staff, he’s a guy that you know is going to come out, work hard and compete, and you can tell he’s just motivated by helping this team win in whatever role he can, and you know he’s going to be successful.”