'Changing of guard' at Redskins' TE position

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Just two games into the season, it appears that there could be a changing of the guard at tight end for the Washington Redskins.

With Washington in need of production and points in the latter portions of their loss to Green Bay, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan turned to rookie Jordan Reed as one of his primary targets. Reed responded by catching both fourth-quarter passes that came his way – including a three-yard touchdown reception. (Reed – Washington’s third-round pick this year – also made a catch in the second quarter and finished the game with three catches and a touchdown for 18 yards on three targets).

Meanwhile, starter Fred Davis, who finished the game with one catch on two targets, wasn’t targeted after the third quarter and played only five snaps in the second half. Davis blew several assignments, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation, and it’s believed that those errors is what prompted Shanahan to go away from him.

Fantasy Impact: 

The writing seems to be on the wall for the talented yet frustrating Davis, who is on a one-year contract. Reed has outplayed him thus far this season, so he's worth a pickup in larger formats. Since TE is a low-demand position on the waiver wire, he won't be a viable TE2 until we know he's going to play more than Davis on a weekly basis.

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