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TE Vernon Davis - Washington Redskins

6-3, 253Born: 1-31-1984College: MarylandDrafted: Round 1, pick 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Davis came up with a handful of catches on the last drive to post a solid game. He has a tougher matchup this week against the Eagles and we need to know Jordan Reed's status before plugging Davis into our lineups.

Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Kirk Cousins led his team to a 27-20 win over Philadelphia back in Week Six, with 18/34 for 263 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (while taking zero sacks). Jamison Crowder (four targets for 3/52/1 receiving) and Vernon Davis (four for 2/50/1) pulled down the TDs, while Pierre Garcon (11 for 6/77/0) and DeSean Jackson (nine for 4/55/0) were the top receivers during the game. Cousins and company fell short in Arizona 23-31 last weekend, even though he moved the ball pretty well (21/37 for 271 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -25 yards). He also ran in a TD (2/0/1 rushing). Jordan Reed was out of the game due to a shoulder injury (there is no word on his prospects for Week 14 as of Wednesday, stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for his practice participation on Thursday and Friday), so Vernon Davis saw six targets for 5/47/0 receiving last week. Pierre Garcon (nine for 7/78/0) and DeSean Jackson (four for 1/59/0) led the team in receiving, while Jamison Crowder shook off a hip pointer during the game and hauled in a TD (eight for 3/42/1). The Washington passing attack is powering onwards entering the final 1/4 of the regular season. The Eagles' pass defense averages 244.5 net passing yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL) with 19 passing scores given out vs nine interceptions (tied for 16th in the NFL) and 26 sacks (tied for 14th) generated so far. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Philadelphia has averaged 23.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-most in the NFL); and 30.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-most); with 5.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-least). As you can see the Eagles' pass defense has slipped a few notches of late - Andy Dalton wasn't sacked last week and threw 23/31 for 332 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions during the 32-14 win over Philadelpia. This is a good matchup for Cousins and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs MIN 34 3 66 1 0 12.6
11 vs GB 37 0 0 0 0 0
12 at DAL 45 5 68 0 0 6.8
13 at ARI 59 5 47 0 0 4.7
14 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
14 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
14 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis had his big opportunity to fill In for Jordan Reed but had a hard time getting going against the Cardinals defense. He had five catches on the day with three of them coming towards the end of the fourth quarter. His longest catch went for eighteen yards but Arizona kept his production to a minimum. Vernon almost had a touchdown reception in the second quarter but he was tackled on the three yard line. Arizona is tough against tight ends so maybe next week he can find more success.

2016 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis was active this week in the passing game as he tallied five receptions. He filled in for a while when Jordan Reed had to leave the game due to an injury. Kirk found Vernon for a twenty-six yard gain which was his longest of the day. Vernon showed on the catch and run that he still has the speed to be a dangerous when called upon. It was impressive to see him get open across the middle of the field and have the ability to out run defenders once he had the ball. His role in Washington's pass attack is inconsistent but he has shown that he can be relied on if needed.

2016 Week 11 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis has been steadily involved in the passing game but with DeSean Jackson back he may disappear again. Vernon did not record a catch in this game and was only targeted once.

2016 Week 10 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 66 / 1 rec)

Vernon Davis had three catches to go along with a touchdown in the first quarter. His ability to stretch defenses vertically up the seams is becoming even more dangerous in this offense. His opportunities should start trending up going forward.

2016 Week 8 vs CIN (5 / 5 / 93 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis seems to be getting more looks in the Washington offense as a legitimate threat. He had five catches on the day for almost one hundred yards. He had a forty-four yard reception that showed he is still explosive with the capability to stretch defenses. Being that Washington's passing game is primarily based on short throws he can be dangerous any given week. He was also another guy that benefitted from DeSean being banged up in this game.

2016 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 6 / 79 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis was more involved in this game as he recorded six catches. He only had two receptions last game and it was clear they needed to find a way to get him more active against Detroit. His speed and athleticism was on full display as Detroit's linebackers struggled to keep up with him. He had the 2nd highest yardage total for this game for Washington but he didn't find the end zone. He was targeted once in the red zone but Kirk could not connect. If Jordan remains out Vernon has proved he is a viable option in the passing game for Washington.

2016 Week 6 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 50 / 1 rec)

Vernon Davis showed that he can be a capable fill in for Jordan Reed whenever necessary. He only had two receptions but they went for fifty yards which shows he can still be explosive. He scored a touchdown on the day as he ran a terrific seam route in the red zone and found himself almost wide open for the catch. If Jordan Reed misses additional time Washington will find a way to get him more involved because his size and speed can create mismatches.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis seems to be slowly being integrated into the Washington offense. He quietly had five catches and even had one of them go for thirty-two yards. His athleticism was on full display over the middle of the field as Kirk was able to find him with ideal matchups. It will be interesting to see how much more of a priority he becomes in the offense moving forward.

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Schedule

14@ Philadelphia Eagles
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16@ Chicago Bears
17vs New York Giants