Fred Davis Injury: Redskins' Receivers Who'll Reap Benefit from TE's Absence

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IOctober 22, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball after making a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III’s magic act just got more difficult to perform.

An injury forced Fred Davis, RGIII’s favorite target, to the sideline in the Washington Redskins’ game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that Davis’ 2012 campaign is now in jeopardy.

Redskins tight end Fred Davis is believed to have suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon and will miss the rest of the season, a source said.

— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) October 21, 2012

Here are three Skins receivers whose numbers will increase if Davis did indeed tear his Achilles.

3. Pierre Garcon

Garcon blew up for 109 yards and a touchdown in his first game in a Redskins uniform, but a foot injury has prevented him from maintaining his impressive production. While he missed multiple practices this past week, he still was just a late scratch. If Garcon is able to return soon, he’ll be a focal point of the offense right off the bat without Davis.

2. Logan Paulsen

Paulsen, Washington’s backup tight end, only recorded one reception through the first six weeks of the season, but his numbers will skyrocket as he’s is inserted into the starting lineup. Against the Giants, he reeled in four of the six balls thrown his way for 76 yards. Paulsen started a handful of games last season due to injury as well so he’s used to the role.


1. Leonard Hankerson

Hankerson became Griffin’s primary target after Davis’ departure. He was thrown to eight times in the contest and finished with ­­­six catches for 70 yards. At 6’2”, 211 pounds, it looks like Hankerson is large enough to be the QB’s new safety valve.

Until Garcon returns, and unless Santana Moss steps up, it looks as if Hankerson will be the Redskins’ No. 1 receiver.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.