Redskins Roundup: Fred Davis has a lot to prove & earn
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MRI exam on Tuesday afternoon revealed sprained ligaments in the back of his ankle.He said he’ll be sidelined anywhere from two days to two weeks.“Certain movements, I’m good with,” Hall said. “Certain movements, I can’t put any pressure on it. It’s kind of funky. It’s all kind of new to me.”
To really see how much Davis still has to prove, one needs to look no further than at his contract for 2013. In 2012, the Redskins elected to use their franchise tag on Davis, giving him a salary of $5.4 million. As a free agent this offseason, Davis explored his option and eventually elected to return to the Redskins, signing a one-year contract worth up to $3.75 million.Compare that to the contracts of some of the other top tight ends: The New England Patriots gave Rob Gronkowski a six-year, $53 million extension in 2012; Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys has a seven-year contract worth over $50 million; and Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers is playing with a six-year, $42.7 million contract.Davis may be one of the top tight ends in the league, but no one was willing to pay him like one or give him a long-term deal. If he is ever going to get that big contract, he likely will need to prove himself this year when he is still 27 years old.In order to have a good season, however, Davis will have to stay on the field and stay productive.…It may be difficult, however, to reproduce the type of numbers he has had in the past. The Redskins were 30th last season in pass attempts per game. They also added tight end Jordan Reed in the draft — who I believe will see significant playing time this season. That could mean fewer targets for Davis.
In the Redskins’ 17 games last year, Kerrigan was credited with a total of 68 quarterback pressures (9 sacks, 9 hits, 50 hurries). According to PFF he was the seventh-most effective pass rusher among starting 3-4 outside linebackers.But his pressures came in bunches. He had nine against both the Saints in Week 1 and the Eagles in Week 16. But he had only one against the Falcons (he did intercept a pass and return it for a TD that game) and none in the playoff loss to the Seahawks.In all, Kerrigan had seven games in which he had five or more quarterback pressures. On the downside there were six games in which he had two or fewer.There was a five-game stretch in the middle of the season where he had only one sack. And his two sacks against the Eagles in Week 16 were his only sacks of the last six games of the season.
—The highlight play of the day came early. Santana Moss made a one handed catch of a Robert Griffin III pass but it was better than that. Moss reached around E. J. Biggers, who had pretty good coverage on him, and snatched the pass. He can still get it done at age 34. Griffin ran down the field to congratulate his receiver.—Leonard Hankerson made a nice catch on a Rex Grossman bomb. Biggers again was the victim and again he had good coverage.—Aldrick Robinson got around the right side in a flash on an end around. I’ve seen enough of him in camp; it’s time to see what he can do in some preseason games.
“This is a moral issue that reaches far back to the time when Native Americans are not only considered outcasts but deemed enemies by the colonial government,” the American Samoa Democrat said, according to a transcript of his remarks. “The only game of sporting was hunting and killing Indians like animals for money.”