Vernon Davis signed with the Redskins this offseason, which will be his third team in the past two seasons. He started 2015 with the 49ers but was traded to the Broncos midway through the season. He failed to make an impact with either team and finished the year with 38 catches for 395 yards and no touchdowns, which was the first time in his career he failed to reach the end zone. In Washington, Davis will be a reserve tight end behind Jordan Reed, but at 32 it looks like his best years are behind him. Keep an eye on his role in training camp, but Davis is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. His best chance for increased playing time would be if Reed gets hurt, but we don't anticipate Davis making much of an impact in 2016.
Davis' one-year deal with Washington reportedly carries a base salary of $2.38 million, CSN Mid Atlantic reports. Moreover, $1.1 million of Davis' deal is guaranteed, which hints that the veteran tight end is virtually assured a roster spot with the team. That said, the 32-year-old Davis remains behind productive returnee Jordan Reed in the team's TE pecking order, though the report speculates that Davis could play "in excess of 25 snaps per game" when both players are available. In any case, after seeing Davis' fantasy value dip over the last two seasons, his chances of a bounce-back campaign appear limited so long as Reed (who caught 87 passes in 14 games last season) can stay on the field.
Davis has agreed to terms with Washington, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Mostly a blocker at this stage in his career, the 32-year-old Davis will join his hometown team, likely on a one-year contract. Even if Jordan Reed were to suffer an injury, Niles Paul (ankle) would probably be ahead of Davis in the pecking order for targets. The veteran might even have to compete for a roster spot.
Davis is visiting with Washington on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. With Jordan Reed locked in as Washington's top target in the passing game, Davis would likely be brought in to fill a complementary role that would largely revolve around blocking. Even if he finds a different home, it's hard to imagine the 32-year-old Davis regaining fantasy relevance at this stage in his career, as he has just 64 catches in 29 games over the past two seasons.
Davis caught 38 of 58 targets for 395 yards in 2015. He did not record a catch in the playoffs. Davis'ability to split the seam was supposed to add another dimension to Denver's offense. Instead, Davis showed a flash or two before failing to record a catch in any of Denver's final five games, including the playoffs. Davis caught six passes in Week 11 versus Chicago and seven passes in Week 14 versus Oakland. He dropped a pair of critical passes late against Oakland and the following week against Pittsburgh, potentially costing Denver both games. He never rebounded. Davis' past production will make him a tight end to look out for in 2016, but it likely won't be in Denver, with the team having an established veteran in Owen Daniels and two young players to develop in Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman.
Davis did not see a pass come his way during Sunday's win over the Chargers. Make it back-to-back crucial games to end the season during which Davis was not targeted. Davis fell out of favor after making some critical drops in Weeks 14 and 15. Davis probably has a better chance to rebound with Brock Osweiler at quarterback than Peyton Manning, as Manning and Davis had less than two weeks of practice together before Manning went down with an injury, limiting his time to build chemistry with the veteran tight end.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@New York Giants||32||11.38|
|11||11/21||Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|17||01/01||New York Giants||32||11.38|
|3 Year Avg||64||39||497||5||22||12.74||79|