Tight end Fred Davis had emerged as a vital cog in the Washington Redskins passing game over the first two weeks of the season with 11 receptions, 191 yards and a touchdown. The added dimension had arrived none too soon, either, considering Chris Cooley, the former No. 1 at the position, was mending slowly from offseason surgery on his left knee.

Then somewhat mysteriously, Davis’s contributions became virtually nonexistent. He caught one pass in Week 3 and four the following game for only 34 yards.

Davis resurfaced, though, in yesterday’s 20-13 loss to Philadelphia as virtually the only source of offense for the Redskins, who managed just 287 yards. Davis finished with 95 yards on six catches and was targeted 11 times, the most on either team.

“This was an opportunity for us to prove to people, but we didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” said Davis, who deflected praise in light of the loss that sent the Redskins to 3-2.

While that didn’t happen, Davis’s timing again was impeccable. Cooley suffered another injury, this time a broken finger on his left hand, and spent most of the game watching from the sideline. There was no immediate word on how long Cooley would be out.

Davis, meantime, put on a show at the expense of the Eagles linebackers, who rarely were a match for the athletic second-round pick from four years ago. Davis worked the outside of the field most often, getting loose in the flat and along the sidelines for sizeable gains. His longest came on a 31-yard reception in the third quarter.

Davis’s yardage total was more than both the Redskins’ starting wide receivers combined. He also was the only Washington play to receive double-figure targets other than Jabar Gaffney, who had 10. Two of those targets, though, resulted in Grossman interceptions.

“Too many turnovers,” Davis said. “I feel a couple of them were my fault. I feel I could have done something extra. That’s just thinking outside the box. Wish we could have gotten the win.”