Arrow pointing up in Washington for Fred Davis

As Chris Cooley works his way back into the picture for the Washington Redskins, the arrow is pointing up for a younger tight end who could take off under the new regime.

Fred Davis played well in his second season, particularly after Cooley was lost for the season, and proved to be more effective than some of the wide receivers the Redskins deployed in their anemic offense. With a new coaching staff, new playbook and Donovan McNabb slinging the ball now, things could really be looking up for Davis, a second-round draft pick in 2008, the same draft and round in which the Redskins selected underperforming wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly. Davis was drafted one spot before Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson and seven spots before Baltimore running back Ray Rice.

Heading into his third season, Davis told the Washington Post how he feels about the immediate future.

"You can consider yourself a young guy, because third year, you're still a young guy," Davis said. "But I think the third year is the year where you kind of see where you're going to be at in the future. Because it's like, now you got two years in. Where are you going to be at now? And I think that's the question you got to ask yourself in the third year: What kind of player are you going to be?"

Davis finished with 48 receptions for 509 yards and six touchdowns. He had eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in an Oct. 26 loss to Philadelphia. But the bulk of his production came in the final eight games when he made 31 receptions and caught five TD passes. That was when the offense was reeling without Cooley.

He’ll have to coexist with Cooley but with a young ascending player, don’t be surprised if the new regime pushes Davis. It would make sense. After all, the Redskins have gone the over-the-hill-gang route in so many other areas. They need to develop some young players besides Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan’s first draft class with the organization.

"All (McNabb's) tight ends are either one of the top tight ends in the league or making the Pro Bowl," Davis told the Post. "I think being in this system with him is really good."

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