It was understood that Davis needed a career year after his four-game drug suspension, and being the franchise player only amplified that responsibility.
However, after two games it seemed that he was the outcast, and his 52 total receiving yards didn't come close to fulfilling expectations.
It wasn't as if he was dropping passes or running poor routes, either. He simply looked out of favor within the Redskins camp, and doubts began to surface about his ability to coexist with his new quarterback in the Robert Griffin-led offense.
The last two games have marked a change in fortune for the tight end as the Redskins have adjusted the offense to keep their attack fresh. Davis has averaged 80 yards per game over this period and is starting to show what he is capable of.
Washington needs Davis to continue this ascent and become one of the top five tight ends in the NFL.
This is what his contract indicates, and if the team is to win more games this year, this is what is demanded of him.
His value to the team is measured in more than yards, and it’s worth taking a closer look at a couple of ways he has impacted games this year.