Injuries at tight end crushed the Washington Redskins depth last season. Clearly General manager Scot McCloughan is not taking chances in case another run of bumps, bruises and tears happens again.
The Redskins have reportedly signed veteran tight end Vernon Davis to a one-year deal according to reports.
Davis, 32, is a DC native and attended Dunbar High School as well as the University of Maryland before being drafted with the sixth-overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Although not general manager at the time Davis was picked, Scot McCloughan did have a hand in his selection as the VP of Player Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers at the time. The two spent four years together in the Bay City.
McCloughan isn't typically forthcoming when it comes to discussing potential free agent signings in advance, but he was candid about his thoughts on Davis at last week's NFL owners meetings.
"Well I drafted him first of all, he’s from the area, he’s in great shape, we brought him in, he’s a football player," McCloughan said. "It’s one of those guys that he’s never really been injured because his genetics are so incredible, but he can block, he can run, he can catch and all of a sudden we add another weapon to the offense and d-coordinator’s going to understand we’re coming at him.”
This becomes Washington's fourth free agent signing, but the first on offense.
Davis has played in 139 games over 10 years totaling 5,640 yards and 55 touchdowns on 441 receptions. Traded to the Denver Broncos midway through last season, Davis wasn't much of a factor during the late stages of the Super Bowl run.
Last season Paul and Paulsen suffer season-ending injuries well before the regular season kicked off. Carrier, acquired from San Francisco because of those injuries, could start the regular season on the PUP list recovering from a torn ACL last December.
Marcel Jensen provides additional depth.
With Darrel Young likely not returning in a power running scheme that features two tight end sets more than fullbacks, it is probable Washington will carry four tight ends for the duration of the season.
Davis can help as a blocker in the running game. As for the passing attack, perhaps he contributes as long as he finds his hands. He might want to check back in San Francisco.
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