Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is frustrated. He wants to play more and feels he deserves to play more and it must be eating away at him every time he sees Jordan Reed padding his stats with catches that Davis thinks should be in his personal column for future contract negotiations.
Davis had been inactive for the last two weeks and in that time, Reed, his replacement at the position, has caught 17 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown to become the darling of many fantasy league players scouring the waiver wire for a late-season addition.
If you think Davis isn’t annoyed, well, think again.
"I've never slept through a whole meeting, but I've nodded off,'' Davis said after practice on Wednesday. "I mean everyone nods off. It's dark in there. You nod off. You wake up — go get something to drink and go back.
Davis was also asked if he hoped he’d be traded before the deadline that passed on Tuesday and his response reportedly was, "Definitely. If I was on another team, you'd see what I can do."
Would that new team need to wake him up during meetings that he’s admitting he’s nodding off in? Does a new team want to deal with a player who readily admits that he cares so little about the meeting that he’s taking a snoozer?
It’s bad enough if players are falling asleep in team meetings/functions, but why admit it out loud? How does that help your cause with your current team or any future employer?
This reminds me of 1997 when Billy Joe Hobert, who came in to play quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, told the media after a game that he hadn’t bothered to read the playbook. He was cut almost before he finished letting everyone know about his study habits.
It’s bad enough when a professional athlete doesn’t care, but when you publicly admit it, it’s hard to imagine why the team you currently play for would still have any faith in you or why a potential future franchise would be inclined to give you a chance.
Then again, it wasn’t long after the Bills said goodbye to Hobert that he found himself back on an NFL sideline with the New Orleans Saints so maybe none of the chatter really matters.
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