COMMENTARY | Congratulations, Jordan Reed. You've taken over the top spot on the depth chart at tight end for the Washington Redskins. After the way this season has unfolded, there are three reasons why Fred Davis should finish it on the bench for the Redskins.
Reason 1: His Attitude
Fred Davis has had a history of off field and personality issues with the Redskins. As a rookie, then head coach Jim Zorn told reporters that Davis' lack of playing time was due to a low level of trust that the coaching staff had in him.
In 2011, Davis and teammate Trent Williams were suspended for the final four games of the season after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. That same year, charges were also filed against Davis following a night club altercation.
Earlier this season, it became clear that there was a battle for the tight end position and that the person with the best week of practice would play the most in the game. The coaches said that Reed was having better weeks of practice and that he was going to receive more playing time. Davis answered that by saying that everybody on the team is making mistakes and that he felt he was doing fine. Instead of owning up to his mistakes and taking a different approach to answer the question, he seemingly made an excuse and grouped the whole team together to make himself look better.
Reason 2: His Injury History
Davis has had a hard time staying on the field and has gotten banged up with some pretty serious injuries. Halfway through the 2012 season, Davis tore his Achilles and missed the rest of the season. It wasn't until February that he was cleared to comeback to football activities.
This season, Davis has been battling an ankle injury that kept him out against the Detroit Lions and has severely depleted his role as he hasn't had a reception in two of the four games he's played this season.
Reason 3: Jordan Reed and Logan Paulsen
The Redskins have two very viable options at tight end to replace Fred Davis. Against the Cowboys, Logan Paulsen was listed as the starter with Reed the backup and Davis penciled in at number three. On passing downs, Reed was the guy that saw a majority of the snaps and had four receptions for a career high 58 yards. In the first half, Reed was one of Robert Griffin III's go to receivers.
Where Jordan Reed lacks, run blocking, Logan Paulsen is able to pick up the slack. At 6-5, 261-pounds, Paulsen is a big tight end that can act as a sixth offensive linemen. On top his blocking abilities, he can also contribute to the passing game. He's got eight receptions for 110 yards this season and the Redskins can always rely on him to be available week in and week out. Paulsen hasn't missed a game for the Redskins since 2010.
Reed looks like the future starter for the Redskins at tight end. His is a very athletic tight end that matches up well with linebackers due to his height. He does a good job finding the hole in the zone on receiver reads and can get down field and make plays. On a third down play Sunday night against the Cowboys, Griffin found Reed deep over the middle for a 29-yard pitch and catch.
Financially, the Redskins will be better off without Davis. Over the offseason, the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract because Davis' camp was asking for too much money. Instead, they agreed to a one year contract. If Davis wants to be a Redskins' player next year, he'll have to increase his productivity and decrease his asking price. The Redskins have the talent to move on from him in the players that they have on roster.
Of the 10 players selected in Davis' 2008 draft class, just two remain with the Redskins with the other one being defensive end/linebacker Rob Jackson who was picked in the seventh round. With the way this season is panning out, Jackson may be the only one left from the class next season. He'll certainly be the only one left on the field by season's end as Davis should be seated on the bench.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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