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When Fred Davis went down last season with a blown Achilles tendon, there were plenty of fans who predicted a grim outcome for the 27-year-old tight end's football future—myself included.
Not only are Achilles injuries known for being one of the toughest rehabs, but Davis was also on a one-year franchise tag. The team wanted to make sure he could behave himself (see: drug suspension) before dishing out a big contract.
Following that injury, the Redskins re-signed Davis for a bargain price after the market for his services showed nearly flat. One year removed from a torn Achilles isn't to be taken lightly.
So far, so good.
Davis appeared on NFL Network's NFL AM early last month, talking about his rehab, progress and cutting. He said the following via Kevin Patra of NFL.com:
Right now, I'm in the training process, still rehabbing. I'm doing a lot more running though, a lot more drills, doing some route-running, throwing with Robert (Griffin III), with the other guys who have been hurt on injured reserve. Other than that, I'm just going to probably be ready in a couple more weeks to get ready to be active so I feel pretty good.
Entering another one-year type of show-me deal, Davis knows what kind of work he has cut out for him not only in rehab, but also in camp. The team re-signed backup Logan Paulsen and drafted Jordan Reed.
Thankfully, Davis has the right mindset.
"The key with the Achilles is you just have to sit and wait," Davis added. "It's a sitting game, it's a mental game, really, more mental than anything."