In case you missed it, the Washington Redskins added some depth to their tight end position on Thursday. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter (h/t Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports), the team added former San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos tight end, Vernon Davis.
Former Broncos' TE Vernon Davis has agreed to a 1-year deal with Washington Redskins, as @JasonLaCanfora reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2016
Davis also took to Twitter to let the world know that he was “coming home.”
— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis85) March 31, 2016
With Davis signing a one-year deal in Washington, the question now becomes, can he make any type of fantasy impact for a team who already has two young and talented tight ends in Jordan Reed and Niles Paul? Reed is fresh off a season where he essentially dominated, catching 87 balls for 952 yards and an impressive 11 touchdowns. It’s unlikely that he’ll lose catches after proving to be one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets.
As for Paul, he suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the preseason last year, but was set to be a huge part of Washington’s offense. He had 39 catches for 507 yards and a score in 2014.
So, what about Davis? Well, ever since his 2013 season with the 49ers, Davis has essentially been non-existent. In total between the last two seasons, he caught just 64 passes for 640 yards and two touchdowns. He also failed to score a single touchdown in all of last season.
Unfortunately, regardless of how you spin it, it seems unlikely that Davis is going to have much of a fantasy impact this coming season. Both Reed and Paul should be the favorites to earn looks, and the 32-year-old will likely take a back seat next year. If you’re looking at drafting him, or even adding him to a dynasty league via trade or free agency, he’s probably not even worth a late-round flier, unless some type of news breaks from the Redskins that he’ll be a part of their passing game.