LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is inactive for Sunday’s game at Chicago, likely as much a coaching decision as an injury one. However, there has been a sense that Davis hasn’t fully recovered from his sprained ankle earlier this season.
Davis, the starter until earlier this season, has been replaced by rookie Jordan Reed as the main pass-catching threat and is not as good a blocker as Logan Paulsen. Therefore, Davis is the third tight end -- and he’s not a key special teams player. That’s why Niles Paul remains active. Davis' attention to detail hasn't always pleased the coaches and they have other tight ends they view as better -- and better workers.
The other Redskins inactives: quarterback Rex Grossman, safety Bacarri Rambo, running back Chris Thompson, linebacker Brandon Jenkins, guard Josh LeRibeus and nose tackle Chris Neild. No real surprises from this group; Rambo’s stock has fallen mightily, but this is just a continuation of that decline. His special teams play is a big reason why he’s no longer active.