Fourth-year tight end Fred Davis already has a very different look now that he is 12 pounds lighter, a result of a renewed dedication and healthier eating habits developed over the offseason.
But it also may take a while to get used to seeing him wearing No. 83 instead of No. 86.
Davis has gone back to the number that he wore while playing for USC. When the Redskins drafted him in 2008, receiver James Thrash was already wearing No. 83.
Davis, who at 242 pounds is five pounds lighter than he was as a rookie, said he decided over the summer that it was time for a change.
“I started training and working out and started seeing how I was improving and I said, ‘Man, I might as well change everything about myself, become a student of the game’,” Davis explained.
In 2009, Davis recorded 48 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns when Chris Cooley suffered a season-ending injury. Last season, as the second tight end, his numbers dipped and he made just 21 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
Davis hopes to set a new standard this season.
“I’m aiming for a lot, aiming to make plays. I don’t care who’s in front of me,” Davis said. “I feel lighter, feeling good. Feeling back to my college days. I’m ready.”