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Vernon Davis | Tight End | #85

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 248
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (6) / SF
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Vernon Davis caught 5-of-5 targets for 51 yards in the Redskins' Week 2 loss to the Cowboys.
He had only one target in Week 1. Davis can be a useful No. 2 tight end in Washington's pass-first offense, but he won't be a fantasy option unless something happens to Jordan Reed. Sep 18 - 5:40 PM

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Vernon Davis snared his only target for 20 yards Monday in the Redskins' Week 1 loss to the Steelers.

Davis’ first and only catch came in the fourth quarter when the Redskins were trying to erase a two-touchdown deficit. He broke a couple tackles on the play to give Washington a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. Davis followed that up by providing a nice block on Chris Thompson’s one-yard touchdown. Davis is only a role player in Washington with Jordan Reed getting most of the snaps at tight end and doesn’t need to be owned in fantasy.
Sep 12 - 11:51 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he thinks Vernon Davis still has "a lot of juice left."

Gruden said he's been impressed by his speed and blocking this offseason. Davis has vanished since his 13-touchdown campaign in 2013, logging just 64 catches for 640 yards over his last two seasons. He's not going to see much work this year with Jordan Reed and Niles Paul ahead of him on the depth chart.
Jul 29 - 4:03 PM

Vernon Davis has opened training camp behind Niles Paul on the depth chart.

It's not a surprise. Paul is a favorite of coach Jay Gruden's staff even after missing all of 2015 with an ankle injury, and Davis' play fell off a cliff last season. Were Jordan Reed to get hurt, Paul would probably end up the more prudent add in fantasy leagues.
Jul 28 - 9:18 PM

Redskins agreed to terms with TE Vernon Davis, formerly of the 49ers and Broncos, on a one-year contract.

Davis was drafted by Redskins GM Scot McCloughan in San Francisco. It is an interesting signing for the Redskins, who are more in need of a blocking tight end than one who can help in the passing game. Davis' play has been in sharp decline for the last couple years, and he did nothing after the Broncos traded for him midway through last season. Even if he sticks on the roster, Davis should be nothing more than veteran depth behind Jordan Reed.
Mar 31 - 11:58 AM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan reiterated the team remains interested in free agent Vernon Davis.

Davis visited the Redskins two weeks ago, and the two sides remain in contact as it's Davis' only known visit of free agency. His play fell off a cliff in San Francisco the past two years, and GM Trent Baalke sent Davis to Denver at the trade deadline last year. Davis went on to struggle picking up the offense and with drops when he was on the field. In D.C., Davis would compete for a job behind Jordan Reed and Niles Paul as long as Paul (ankle) proves he's healthy.
Mar 22 - 1:33 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Vernon Davis is visiting the Redskins on Thursday.

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted Davis in San Francisco, but this is not a great fit. The Redskins already have a primary pass catcher in Jordan Reed, and Davis does not offer much as a blocker. Davis' market has been quiet thus far.
Mar 10 - 11:32 AM

Free agent Vernon Davis told ESPN's Josina Anderson he wants to play 4-5 more seasons "if possible."

If that's the case, Davis will have to show a lot more than he did in 2015. Davis disappeared after his midseason trade to Denver, logging a grand total of 19 postseason snaps. He could be waiting a while in a crowded market featuring Dwayne Allen, Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green, Coby Fleener and Ben Watson.
Mar 6 - 11:30 AM

GM John Elway said tight end is a position the Broncos will look at this offseason.

The Broncos don't plan on bringing back free agent Vernon Davis, who was a drop-prone flop following his midseason trade from San Francisco. "[Davis] did come in late in the year, so whether he didn’t feel comfortable with what we were doing and what we could get him in situations, we tried to get him in situations to be successful," said Elway. With Davis leaving and Owen Daniels considering retirement, 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman is a name to monitor in Denver.
Feb 28 - 11:02 AM

Free agent Vernon Davis played only 19 postseason snaps.

Davis' Broncos tenure was as big of a dud as possible. He made huge mistakes in the regular season before being phased out down the stretch. Now 32, Davis remains a rare athlete at tight end, but the finer points of his game have eroded. He'll likely have to settle for a one-year, incentive-laden deal in free agency.
Feb 8 - 1:29 PM

Vernon Davis was held catch-less in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.

Davis fell behind Owen Daniels and Virgil Green at the end of the regular season and didn't have a single postseason reception. Davis still has top-end athleticism, but his focus and poor hands have sapped his game-day value. Davis also isn't nearly the in-line blocker he once was. At age 32, Davis' impending free agent market figures to be pretty quiet.
Feb 7 - 10:41 PM

Vernon Davis played just five offensive snaps in the Broncos' Week 16 win over the Bengals on Monday night.

After committing another awful drop in last week's loss to the Steelers, the Broncos sent Davis to the bench as the No. 3 tight end Monday night. Owen Daniels played 47-of-67 snaps, and Virgil Green was in on 25 of them as the No. 2 tight end. Daniels made some big-time catches for Brock Osweiler over the middle and figures to remain the starter the rest of the year.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:44:00 AM

Vernon Davis caught 1-of-3 targets for five yards in the Broncos' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

One of Davis' missed connections was another mind-numbing drop. Hearing footsteps on a second half 3rd-and-16, Davis dropped a perfectly thrown would-be first down conversion from Brock Osweiler. Davis won't be on the TE2 radar against the Bengals in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:40:00 PM

Vernon Davis caught 7-of-9 targets for 74 yards in the Broncos' Week 14 loss to the Raiders.

Davis has proven to be an excellent pre-trade-deadline pickup by GM John Elway, giving the Broncos much-needed playmaking ability in the middle of the field. Davis, however, had an ugly and crucial late-game drop against the Raiders, and his weekly fantasy outlook will continue to be made murky by No. 2 tight end Owen Daniels' presence. Davis will be a fringe TE1 streamer when the Broncos take on the Steelers in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 07:44:00 PM

Vernon Davis (concussion) is active for Week 14.

He'll share tight end duties with Owen Daniels against the Raiders.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 02:45:00 PM

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QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3Rob Kelley
GLB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3RB1Chris Thompson
2Matt Jones
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Rashad Ross
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Josh Doctson
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Vernon Davis
3Niles Paul
4Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
LG1Shawn Lauvao
2Spencer Long
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2John Sullivan
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins