Fred Davis Denies Requesting Trade; Would ‘Prefer to be Playing’ for Redskins
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - As the Redskins season progresses, rookie Jordan Reed continues to get more looks at the tight end position, and veteran Fred Davis continues to see the ball (and the field) less.
A healthy Davis says he didn’t officially learn he was going to be inactive until hours before Washington hosted the Chicago Bears on Sunday. However, he got the inclination that he may not play earlier in the week.
And while rumors swirl that his days with the organization are numbered, the Southern California product says he hasn’t spoken with Mike Shanahan about a lack of playing time in three or four weeks.
Davis, who Pro Football Talk reports has been made available for trade, told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes on Tuesday he did not personally request a trade.
The heightened speculation comes days after Reed turned in a 9-reception, 134-yard performance that included a touchdown in Washington’s 45-41 victory over Chicago. The rookie’s production solidifies the belief that the Redskins have been waiting to confirm Reed is a capable replacement for Davis before officially passing the torch.
Davis, who last dressed in the Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, hasn’t so much as seen a pass thrown his way since the Redskins’ Week 2 loss to the Packers — a game in which he was targeted just twice.
“Hey Fred, did you request a trade from the Washington Redskins?” he was asked by Dukes.
“Nah, nah. I didn’t request anything,” Davis answered.
Davis says he doesn’t know why there is a breakdown in communication between he and the coaching staff.
“I thought everything was going the right way,” Davis said. “I thought everything was pretty good preseason and heading into the season. And other than that, I guess they just feel they had a better option in Jordan and Logan [Paulsen] playing, and I wish I could help the team any way I could. I know for sure I know I can whenever I get an opportunity, but it just hasn’t been the case these few games I haven’t been playing.”
In response to a question about his mindset as the team reportedly shops around for potential trade suiters, Davis said: “At the end of the day I look at it as, I’m a Redskin right now.”
“Until I hear differently, I want to help my team out any way I can until then,” he said. “So if I got to go to practice, and deal with it ’til then, and I get traded, something happens, then that’s what happens. Other than that right now, I just got to do the job. I still got to be a pro. You know at the end of the day, I don’t want to leave a bad taste in the mouth with any of the coaches or anything like that. I’ve never been the type to give up like that. So, I’m still going to work hard planning to play. And if I’m here then I want to play here, but if not then I just got to do what’s best for me and when I get an opportunity, if it is somewhere else, and make the best there. That’s just the way it is. That’s what you got to do.”
Davis was then asked if he’d prefer to just be released at this point.
“I mean, at the end of the day man, to be honest with you, I don’t really prefer that, I just want to be able to play,” he said. “That’s what I prefer. I prefer to be playing. Like Lavar said, there’s plays out there that I know that I can make too. So, I feel like with assets like that, I feel I want to help my team out in any kind of way. I don’t want to be released and I don’t want to be cut. I don’t want any of that. But like I said, right now I’m a Redskin, I’m playing. But if I don’t get a chance to, and they feel there’s a better opportunity for me somewhere else to play, and a team that needs me or something, needs my ability and I go out there and make plays, then that’s what I need to do.”