Here's what Redskins head coach Jay Gruden knows the team is getting with tight end Vernon Davis.
"He is a great guy number one," Gruden said. "You want to have character guys like Vernon he is a great example of it and we have been fortunate to not dip into that too much but the guys that we do get as free agents they are good people."
Here's what else Gruden hopes Davis provides: A two-way threat.
Davis, 32, is perhaps the wild card. General manager Scot McCloughan brought in a player he was familiar with from his days in San Francisco by adding former the former first round pick from Maryland. The ex-Terp hasn't played at that level in some time. That doesn't mean he can't get there again.
“I hope so, yes," Gruden said after Wednesday's Organized Team Activity of Davis possibly contributing as a receiver and blocker. "He is a very gifted athlete."
Davis sat out chunks of the practice due to a "little bit of a groin" issue, Gruden said. "We are trying to get him back. He’s still learning a new system, new terminology and that will take some time, but he is definitely a valuable tight end because he is good in the core and the running game. He obviously can run down the seams very fast and put pressure on the defense in that regard also but really I see him both.”
In 2013, Davis had 52 receptions for 850 yards while matching his career-high with 13 touchdown passes. Over the last two seasons, the production disappeared to the tune of 640 yards and two touchdowns combined.
Gruden has enjoyed the idea of bringing in good people, on top of good football players, going into his third year as the Redskins head coach. The former Bengals coordinator hinted that there is a correlation between high character, strong work ethic, and results on Sunday. Davis will look to continue the trend.
"The guys are working hard," Gruden explained. "Scot [McCloughan] has done a great job of bring the right people in and the players are doing a good job of working on being leaders and doing the right thing."
Another thing the Redskins know is that staying in shape isn't an issue for Davis. That work ethic is one reason Washington wanted him as part of the locker room. The hope is that he'll be a notable factor on the field as well.
"He is definitely a valuable tight end because he is good in the core and the running game," Gruden said of Davis. "He obviously can run down the seams very fast and put pressure on the defense in that regard [passing game] also.”
That sounds like a dual threat indeed.
Breaking Burgundy writer @NeilDalal96 contributed to this article.
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