Redskins TE Fred Davis is pain free

Redskins TE Fred Davis is pain free
August 2, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) and head coach Mike Shanahan (right) walk onto the field during 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

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RICHMOND—Nine months after having surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon, Fred Davis is pleased with his progress. 

“I haven’t had any pain in it,” Davis said this week. “I’ve been going full-go, blocking, running routes, cutting. I feel really good. Just the only soreness I feel is just camp soreness – just a little bit. Other than that I feel pretty good.”

Just how far Davis has come was apparent during a red-zone drill Tuesday. He blasted off the line of scrimmage, cut hard and dived, fully extended, in an attempt to haul in the pass. Although he didn’t come up with the ball – it was just out of his reach – the athleticism he showed on the play was proof positive that he’s getting close.

Davis was did not practice Thursday, but that was a regularly scheduled break, Coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan has routinely given days off to players who were not full participants in the team's offseason program.

The next big test for Davis will come in the preseason.

“Just catching the ball with full pads and getting that first hit, first catch, first block, full-go,” Davis said. “I mean, that’s always the anticipation. I’ve been out for like nine months, so it definitely feels good to be back.”

Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014, Davis knows a strong season could help him secure the lucrative, long-term contract he covets. He also knows that on a team loaded with options, putting up huge numbers might not be feasible.

“I think it’s going to be that type of season, with all those weapons that we have, I just feel like every game is going to be different,” he said. “It’s going to be a different person that makes plays. One game, Alfred [Morris] might have over 100 yards rushing, maybe 200 yards rushing. Then another game, Pierre [Garçon] might have 100-yards receiving. …that’s the way championship teams win.”