TE Vernon Davis - Washington Redskins
|6-3, 253||Born: 1-31-1984||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2006|
Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars
FBG says: Bad matchup. It's never easy to project a passing game that's decided to move on from Mark Sanchez. The 32-year-old journeyman stepped in for Alex Smith and Colt McCoy last week and was promptly benched after a horrid showing (6 of 14 for 38 yards and 2 interceptions). Fellow 32-year-old Josh Johnson took his place and will start going forward making his first start since 2011 and his sixth of his career. Johnson's second half was at least encouraging. Johnson completed 11 of his 16 throws for 195 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 pick, and added a dynamic element on the ground. Still, optimism for this passing game must be kept firmly in check. Johnson has long been a practice squad guy, bouncing around several different rosters and attempting just 193 NFL passes. His Week 14 was a step up from Sanchez's, but he entered the game with a 40-0 deficit and faced tons of prevent defense down the stretch. Washington is shallow at receiver and will be even more so if Jordan Reed and Josh Doctson can't suit up Sunday. Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, and Vernon Davis would then lead the charge against Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and the Jacksonville defense. With a week to prepare for Johnson and his torn-apart receiving corps, the Jaguars will come in with a massive advantage. It's hard to find any dynamism here, regardless of matchup, and Johnson is likely in for a brutal Sunday. The Jacksonville pass defense has lacked consistency and looked far less suffocating than last year's version. Still, it has all the makings of that dominant unit. There's tons of explosive talent throughout the pass rush and secondary, and quarterbacks rarely have a fun time navigating them. The Jaguars have been able to clamp down on some of 2018's top passers, including Deshaun Watson (12 of 24 for 139 and 1 touchdown), Ben Roethlisberger (27 of 47 for 314 and 2, with 3 picks), and Andrew Luck (33 of 52 for 248 and 1 interception). The pass rush has been inconsistent but tends to rise to the occasion, with 3 sacks of Luck 2 weeks ago and 4 against the Eagles' elite line in Week 8. And the cornerback duo remains stout, with A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey often playing shutdown roles on the outside. There are newfound cracks in this unit, particularly downfield tackling and the coverage by the safeties. But it's still strong enough to be generally feared in fantasy, and Josh Johnson looks like a sitting duck coming into this matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Vernon Davis's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis caught all four of his targets for thirty-one yards. The Washington offense didn't allow much productivity as the quarterback play was a disaster. However, Vernon may take on a larger role in the coming weeks depending on the severity of Jordan's foot injury.
2018 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis had fifteen yards on two receptions. Vernon being that backup tight end lends itself to quiet games much like this one. The offense shutdown in the second half so he didn't even have opportunities for splash plays.
2018 Week 12 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 73 / 1 rec)
Vernon Davis recorded two catches on the day but the highlight was his fifty-three yard touchdown. Vernon can still stretch the field and he split two defenders across the field to catch his reception in stride. He won't give consistent production but he is still very capable of splash plays throughout the game. As the backup tight end his isn't featured but it might be beneficial for Washington to utilize him more with the lack of receiving weapons.
2018 Week 11 vs HOU (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis did not record a catch in this game. He was targeted twice.
2018 Week 9 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis was more involved in this game as he had five receptions. Three of his five receptions came one drive in the third quarter. Vernon was second on the team in receiving yards as it is clear his athleticism can be helpful to Washington's offense. It might be best if Washington features him a little more down the stretch. He can still make a difference downfield as Washington's offense is lacking explosive players in the passing game.
2018 Week 8 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis wasn't able to make any splash plays in this game as he only tallied one catch for twenty-one yards. Unless he connects on a big gain down field, he will often have quiet stat lines.
2018 Week 6 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
Vernon Davis showed his big play potential as he hauled in a thirty yard touchdown. It ended up being a busted coverage but his ability to attack the seams up field was on full display. His other two catches were short but Vernon was able to record one of the two touchdown catches in this game.
2018 Week 5 vs NO (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis played a secondary role again as Jordan was on the field. He tallied two catches for fifteen yards.
2018 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 2 / 70 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis tallied two receptions for seventy yards. Alex connected with Vernon on a fifty yard reception in the first half that ultimately set them up for a touchdown. Vernon's speed makes him a deep threat every down but the opportunities are extremely limited with Jordan Reed dominating snaps.
2018 Week 2 vs IND (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis had one catch for seven yards. As the backup tight end he doesn't get many opportunities in the passing game.
2018 Week 1 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Vernon Davis reverted to 2nd string as Jordan is now healthy. Vernon had one catch for nine yards. Most of his impact comes when he is the starter, so his production will stay minimal with Jordan Reed in the lineup.
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