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Judging by the preseason predictions made by so called “experts,” the Washington Redskins are off to start that few outside the beltway thought was possible.

The defense is once again capable of striking fear in opponents, quarterback Rex Grossman has silenced critics and return specialist Brandon Banks has fans on the edge of their seats every time he touches the football.

And yet, no Redskins player has gotten off to a better start than tight end Fred Davis.

Through two games, the 25-year-old has been the focal point of Washington’s passing attack – hauling in 11 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown.

There might have been a time when folks could lump Davis with fellow second-rounders Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, but those days are long gone.

While those two are no longer collecting paychecks at Redskins Park, Davis has shown once and for all that he’s too good to remain on the sidelines.

With six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown, Davis was instrumental in helping the Redskins rally back from a nine point deficit to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 Sunday.

After the game, I had the chance to catch up with the former USC standout and was pleased with what he had to say.

Would I be wrong to believe that these first two games seem to be you making a statement to the football-loving world that you have officially arrived?

“Oh yeah, and it ain’t gonna stop there, man,” Davis said. “It’s going to continue because there are still some things I could clean up and I still feel like I could have done a little bit more. I’ve just to look at the film and get better every week. All that matters right now is getting that ‘W,’ and that’s what we got today.”

Looking at the numbers, you’ve got six catches of 20 yards or more through two games. It’s baffling because everything I’ve ever heard is that tight ends aren’t supposed to be able to stretch the field like that …

“That’s what they say to me. I’ve got guys out there on defense telling me to slow down,” he said. “They’re trying to hit me now on second-level releases. But I’m just getting started. The ball could be coming my way any time, so you’ve gotta make plays. I feel like I’ve just got to run fast, get out there and make plays.”

It was reported that you dropped something like 15 pounds during the offseason. Is it noticeable to you when you’re out there in the heat of the battle?

“Yeah, yeah,” Davis said. “Just in the way I play now, man. I definitely feel it as I’m playing and as I’m running routes and blocking. I’m a little lighter in the blocking area, but I can still move around with the guys and get a hold of someone for the running backs.”

As far as this offensive system goes, do you find it coming to you easier now? Is it second nature to you now that you’re in your second season in it?

“Honestly, I’m not even thinking at all,” he said. “If you’ve been in this offense two years and you’re thinking – you shouldn’t be here. Two years in this offense is just enough time, and it’s only going to get better as time goes on and we keep playing.”

You’ve been here long enough to know that Redskins teams in the past who turned the ball over twice early and got a field goal attempt blocked weren’t winning a game like this. What’s really going on around here now?

“Yup. With the old Redskins – even if this was us last year – I would have told you we’d lost,” Davis said. “But this is a different team now. We’ve got a different mentality now and we all believe. All of us are out there making plays – the receivers, the offensive line is blocking and Rex [Grossman] – everybody is doing what we’ve got to do. We’re not the same old Redskins.”

When did you first feel like something was really different this time around?

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People often bring up his performance in 2009 after Cooley went down (and not without good reason), though IIRC his highest yardage total that year was less than 80. He has topped that in BOTH of the games thus far. He is playing significantly BETTER now than he was then. When matched up with someone other than a corner, he looks pretty much unstoppable against man coverage.

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6 Catches of over 20 yards is great... He's svelte this year, can go over the middle & get up high in traffic displaying good hands. The man looks tremendous & appears to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. How will Dallas game plan him ? He's a nightmare for safeties & LB's... Im sure they'll move Ware around a lot to try & hide him to confuse the offense.. They'll be aggressive & blitz heavy like the Cards, I believe.

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“Back in camp,” he said. “Everybody else might have been like ‘Yeah, you guys might win two lucky games’ or stuff like that, but to me, it just felt like in camp we told ourselves we ain’t gonna be the same old Redskins. We’ve been sticking to that. And if the defense lags on a series, then the offense has got to pick it up. If the offense messes up, then the defense has got to have our back. That’s the understanding we’ve got.”

I loved this. And i finally believe that our O is getting to the point where they can bail the D i needed. WOuld have loved if u asked him a question about how him and Cooley get a long and if he's looking to be on the field later in the season with him. We could use him and Cooley like the Pats are doing with their TE.

But i understand the interview is about him. But great read like always. Wanna trade jobs?? :)

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I loved this. And i finally believe that our O is getting to the point where they can bail the D i needed. WOuld have loved if u asked him a question about how him and Cooley get a long and if he's looking to be on the field later in the season with him. We could use him and Cooley like the Pats are doing with their TE.

But i understand the interview is about him. But great read like always. Wanna trade jobs?? :)

Davis and Cooley have a great relationship (remember how they wrestled each other for fun during the player run OTAs?) They both want to be on the field as much as possible and the best news for them is yesterday Mike Shanahan basically said he doesn't care who the best players are, he's going to play them. So if four tight ends are playing better than the receivers, he said he'll line up in a four tight end set with no wide outs.

If both guys are healthy, they're both likely to play a bunch moving forward. Which is great news for 'Skins fans.

(And no thanks. I'm pretty happy with the gigs I've got now.)

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thanks for posting, us who love the skins dont get to read the papers or articles on the skins as much as we like: but he is right, there is a different attitude around the stadium now, last year we would probably lost that game, but these new guys are pushing the excitement along, NO ONE WANTS TO LET ANYONE ELSE DOWN, Freddie said it himself "if the defence doesnt get it done then its up to the offence and visa versa i love the new mentallity

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Fred Davis is really becoming a weapon that no defense has an answer for. It seems that he is out playing Chris Cooley which has been every QB's favorite target. Does this make Cooley expendable? I love Cooley and wouldn't want to let him go but you do have to wonder.

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