WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The relationship between the Redskins and tight end Fred Davis appears to be leaning towards fractured beyond repair.
The Redskins have made Davis inactive for three straight weeks, and a total of four games this season.
Davis says teammates he’s close with, like Santana Moss, Brian Orakpo, Trent Williams and Robert Griffin III, insist he just needs to continue to be patient, but it’s hard to listen to at this point.
“I feel useless right now,” Davis told 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes and Grant Paulsen on Tuesday, “But I know when the time comes, I’m going to have to make a statement.”
“My teammates, they know what I can do,” he said. “They just keep telling me, ‘Just be patient. Be ready.’ But it’s hard to. You know what I’m saying? It’s not easy when you’re a competitor, you want to play. They just tell me to stay focused, you know, don’t worry about it. It’s hard not to worry about it, because that’s not the type of person I am. I’m not a ‘not worry about it’ person. I’m more of ‘I want to be involved. I want to be able to make plays. I want to be able to help.’ I don’t want to sit around. It already should be known, that money’s not the main thing to me. I want to play. I want to earn it.”
Davis wasn’t moved before the NFL trade deadline, despite heavy speculation that the Redskins were seeking a trade partner.
“You just gotta force yourself to know, that the end of the day, this is still a career, you’re still a professional, you’ve got to come in here in be a pro every day,” he said. “So when, if you stay here, or to another team, they can say good things about you.”
Davis being benched has yielded the emergence of rookie Jordan Reed, who’s been targeted 49 times this season, and 28 times in the last three weeks – including his 9-target, 134-yard, 1-touchdown breakout performance against the Bears. The Redskins even elected to run three tight end sets last week against the Chargers in Davis’ absence.
“I’m happy for them to get balls and stuff like that,” Davis said, “But it’s hard to do. It’s hard to watch when you know you can definitely be out there helping your team, or just helping any team as a matter of fact.”
“I want to help my team, but it seems like, I don’t know, I”m doing everything I can to practice through it,” he continued. “It just doesn’t seem to be working right now, but hopefully it will change.”
When Davis was asked if he feels like he’s to blame for his lack of playing time, he responded, “No, I don’t feel that way. I feel like, if anything, I came back here for less money. I’m unselfish. I came back here, I worked hard off an Achilles injury, played through preseason, didn’t ask for no days off. I don’t know. I don’t see where it could be my fault.”
Unfortunately for Davis, he feels the best way for him to prove his value to the Redskins is on the field, which he can’t do from the sidelines, or worse, watching from home.
“If I was able to speak with my play, trust me, there would be no questions,” Davis said. “But I don’t feel I’m getting the opportunity to do that yet, so hopefully I do. If I do get the opportunity, I feel like that’s the reason why, if I did get released, if I did go somewhere, and I played somewhere, I would take all this aggression there. It would be known that, ‘Why wasn’t he playing there?’ So I don’t know. I don’t really feel like I got a chance to do that.”
“I haven’t played my best football yet, out of all the years I’ve been here,” he would say. “I still haven’t. I haven’t had a full year. So I know as well as I do, like, if I had someone setting up plays, for me to make plays, like they do for players on the team, I would be making those plays. Those are plays that are coming to you that you have to make the play, like you’re targeted. I haven’t been targeted in a long time. If I was a target like that, I think I would make plays.”
Davis would go on to clarify comments he made last week about falling asleep in meetings, saying his words were twisted around.
“What I said was, you doze off sometimes,” Davis clarified. “Sometimes you can be a little tired from the morning, A lot of people do it. You doze off. I’m not saying you sleep through a whole meeting. What you do is, you doze for a little bit, you stand up, make sure you’re good, go get a drink of water, something. You know what I mean? Just make sure you stay up. I’m not saying I just sit there and sleep through a meeting.”
Listen to the full interview below.