Jul 26, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) and head coach Mike Shanahan (right) walk onto the field during 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Trade Rumors: Redskins weighing options with Fred Davis


The Washington Redskins and tight end Fred Davis could be headed for a split. Last week, head coach Mike Shanahan demoted Fred Davis, listing him as inactive for last week’s game despite being healthy. The Redskins coaching staff is frustrated with inconsistencies from Davis and his lack of attentiveness in meetings. With the emergence of Jordan Reed, the Redskins might not have a role for Davis even if he gets his act together and that has the Redskins considering their options.

That has the Redskins weighing their options with Davis.

“That’s what people do when you make a decision if you think you need a draft choice, or if you think that person can help you later in the year, especially with an injury,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “The thing I think that Fred has done, is he had an excellent week of practice. Any time people compete, you feel good about who they are and what they do.”

Kyle Shanahan emphasized the role the play of the other tight end’s had in his demotion.

“It was mainly that other guys have stepped up,” the offensive coordinator said. “We’re not all trying to write Fred off, or saying he’s going to be done for us for the year. I really expect there to come a time when Fred needs to help us. But it is a week-to-week decision going into that game. We always decide based on personnel, coverages, what packages we need to use, what tight ends we want in certain situations. We felt better with Logan and Jordan with a lot of stuff we were doing, Niles is a really good special teams player for us, who can also help us on offense. If it was my choice, I would dress four tight ends every week, but it’s not just about the offense. You’ve got special teams, you’ve got defense. It’s a whole team, and it’s tough to get four tight ends up. When we’re told we can only get three, it’s really on who we depend on for what we need to and who we can do better with.”

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