Fred Davis has been around the league for several years now, but this season might be the first in which he really breaks out to the next level. In just 12 games last year, Davis had already accumulated 796 yards, on pace for 1,061 yards for the season. His hopes at breaking the 1,000-yard mark were dashed when he was suspended for the rest of the season for marijuana use in Week 13.
The spotlight is on Davis to show if he can exhibit maturity and put his poor decision behind him as he proves he is worth a long-term contract. Davis received a franchise tag this offseason and needs to earn a huge paycheck for years to come. He breaks out this season.
Not only was Davis on pace to break the 1,000-yard barrier before his bonehead mistake, but Davis did it with two of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league last season: Rex Grossman and John Beck. He instantly will improve with a new face under center in Robert Griffin III.
RG3 likes to get the ball downfield and Davis is a tight end that gets open downfield (averaged 6.2 YAC in 2011, fifth in the NFL among TEs). The Griffin-Davis connection should be a thing of beauty in 2012 as Davis will thrive as a security blanket for the rookie, Griffin this season. Davis’ reward for his efforts, he should easily break the 1,000-yard barrier and score a half dozen times.