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TE Davis Is Signed to 4-Year Deal

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Washington Redskins signed the last of their draft picks yesterday, agreeing to a four-year deal with tight end Fred Davis. Davis, a second-round pick out of Southern Cal, will earn a maximum of $3.5 million over the contract, with $1.8 million in signing bonus.

Davis was one of 10 draft picks to sign before the start of training camp practice today. Davis, one of three second-round picks -- Washington did not have a first-round pick -- endured some ribbing for "oversleeping" and missing a minicamp practice, and said he wanted to avoid the potential for catching any more flack from the veterans for missing the start of camp.

"I probably would have been joked on a lot," Davis said.

Injury Watch

Coach Jim Zorn said that cornerback Carlos Rogers and defensive end Erasmus James are the only serious injury concerns entering camp. They will not take part in the opening weeks of camp, but Zorn said he hopes both can get on the field sometime in August.

Both are coming off of major knee surgeries, and some within the organization anticipate Rogers spending the start of the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Rogers was a starter before tearing his anterior and medial cruciate ligaments against New England on Oct. 28. James, acquired from the Vikings for a conditional seventh-round pick this spring, suffered repeated knee injuries during his time in Minnesota.

The team will be very cautious with several other players returning from injuries, Zorn said. Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El (knee), tackle Chris Samuels (elbow), tackle Jon Jansen (leg/ankle), guard Randy Thomas (triceps), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (knee) and rookie safety Kareem Moore (knee) are all coming off of surgeries, and guard Pete Kendall has an arthritic knee condition.

Odds and Ends

Zorn said his morning training camp sessions generally will last two to three hours; the afternoon sessions often will be less than two hours, with some veterans having a very limited role in the afternoons. He intends to limit "live" contact during full team drills. . . . There are clear favorites and incumbents at most all starting spots, but Zorn mentioned punter, and depth spots at cornerback and wide receivers, as intriguing position battles. . . . Jack-of-all trades Lorenzo Alexander will begin camp with the defensive line, Zorn said, but could also still see some time as a blocking tight end, H-back or fullback.

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