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Fred Davis (tight end)

This article is about the American football tight end. For the defensive lineman, see Fred Davis (defensive lineman). For others named Fred Davis, see Fred Davis (disambiguation).
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Davis at the Redskins 2011 training camp.
No. 83 New England Patriots
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
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Career information
High school: Toledo (OH) Rogers
College: Southern California
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2014
Receptions: 162
Receiving yards: 2,043
Receiving TDs: 13
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Frederick Martin Davis[1] (born January 15, 1986) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Davis played college football at the University of Southern California.

Early years

Davis prepped at Rogers High School in Toledo. He was on the USA Today All-USA second team. According to, Davis was rated the second best wide receiver in his recruiting class coming out of high school.[2] Davis played in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

As a high school junior, Davis considered attending Ohio State University because it was the first program to offer him an athletic scholarship. His senior season resulted in many other offers, with USC winning out with a combination of weather, location, coaches, quality players and a style of offense that suited Davis; he conversed the matter over with fellow recruit Dwayne Jarrett before they both decided to join the Trojans.[3]

College career

Davis graduated from Robert S. Rogers High School in Toledo, OH, a semester early to start spring training with the Trojans.[4] Tired of the recruiting process that accompanies top prospects, Davis secretly left Ohio to enroll at USC.[3] Recruited as a wide receiver, he showed solid speed and raw athletic ability but lacked the route-running skills and ball-catching ability of other receivers. After consulting with then-offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Davis decided to try converting to tight end.[4]

His freshman year, Davis contributed as a reserve to the eventual-national champion 2004 USC Trojans football team, playing in nine games and catching four passes behind fellow tight ends Dominique Byrd and Alex Holmes. However, because of repeated incidences of tardiness, reporting late after trips back to Ohio, Davis was not allowed to travel with the Trojans to the BCS National Championship Game in 2005 Orange Bowl. Davis reapplied himself the next season, catching 13 passes in 13 games during the 2005 season, including two in the 2006 Rose Bowl. During the 2006 season, Davis started ten games and caught 38 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns.[4]

Fred Davis comes down with a one-handed touchdown against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Davis was a preseason team All-Pacific-10 Conference player prior to 2007 and was considered a likely high draft choice for the 2008 NFL Draft. He was on the 2007 Mackey Award watch list. Against Washington State, Davis had the best game of his career, with nine receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.[5] The performance marked the most yards receiving ever in a game by a Trojans tight end.[6] Prior to that, Davis had never caught more than six passes or gained more than 68 receiving yards in a game.[4]

At the end of the 2007 regular season, Davis was selected to the All-Pac-10 Conference first team by league coaches.[7] He was also selected to the All-American Second Team.[8] Davis became the first USC player to win the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end.[9] When asked his favorite game as a USC player, Davis noted the 2006 Rose Bowl.[3]

Professional career

Washington Redskins

2008 season

Davis was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. On May 4, the last day of the Redskins mini-camp, Davis overslept and missed the morning practice. Head Coach Jim Zorn said that he's young, and he understands that Davis just messed up. On July 19, Davis received a four-year contract from the Redskins worth $3.5 million, including $1.8 million in bonus money. On Monday, November 19, following a 14-10 home loss to the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys, Redskins head coach Jim Zorn was asked why Davis wasn't involved in the offense. Zorn answered: "It really is a matter of [Davis] doing his assignments correctly. It's a trust factor. It's not a speed factor. It's not an ability factor. But it makes no sense for me to put a guy out there who can run real fast, but not going in the right direction. Or in some cases not even go out. It's not that he forgot, it's just that it didn't register." Zorn said it's difficult to tolerate those kinds of mistakes, even if it happens just once or twice. "If it happens at all, it's hard to trust," Zorn said. "So that's part of the issue."

Davis was not much of a factor during the 2008 season, partially due to the lack of playing time, for the Washington Redskins. He caught three passes for 27 yards.

2009 season

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Davis in the 2009 preseason wearing his original jersey #86.

During the 2009 season, in a Week 7 game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Davis caught his first touchdown and recorded a career high 7 catches for 78 yards. Davis was playing first-string tight end for most of this game due to an injury to starter Chris Cooley. He finished the season with 48 receptions for 509 yards and 6 touchdowns.

2010 season

In the 2010 season, Davis had 21 receptions for 316 receiving yards. He played in all 16 games of the season and started 9 of them.

2011 season

During the 2011 preseason, Davis switched from his original jersey number of 86 to 83.[10] In the 2011 season, Davis would eventually become the starting tight end after starter, Chris Cooley, was placed on injured reserve. In Week 14, Davis and teammate, Trent Williams, were suspended for four games after repeatedly failing league drug tests.[11] Starting in 12 games, he finished the season recording career highs of 59 receptions and 796 yards, as well as having three touchdowns.[12] Despite his suspension, he was named the Redskins' 2011 Offensive Player of Year.[13]

2012 season

On March 2, 2012, the Washington Redskins placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Davis.[14][15] On March 16, 2012, he signed his one-year, franchise-player tender contract worth $5.446 million.[16] After the release of Chris Cooley, he was officially named the Redskins' starting tight end. In the Week 7 game against the New York Giants, Davis tore his Achilles tendon in the first half, ending his 2012 season.[17][18] Cooley was eventually brought back to replace Davis.[19] He finished the season with 325 yards on 24 receptions and no touchdowns.

2013 season

On February 26, 2013, Davis was officially cleared by medical personnel to play.[20] Set to become an unrestricted agent, he re-signed with the Redskins on March 29 to a one-year contract.[21] Before Davis could test the upcoming free agent market for the 2014 season, he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating their substance-abuse policy.[22]

New England Patriots

2015 season

On May 1, 2015, Davis was reinstated by the league after being suspended for roughly a year.[23] On May 11, 2015, Davis signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.[24]


On January 10, 2011, a woman by the name of Makini R. Chaka filed a civil lawsuit against the Davis for an altercation that occurred between the two at a nightclub in Washington, D.C. Davis was accused of assaulting Chaka by dumping his drink on her.[25][26] The civil case is closed. During the September 17, 2013 ruling, Judge Laura Cordero wrote that Chaka “has established by a preponderance of evidence that Defendant Fred Davis assaulted and battered her.”

The judge awarded Chaka $186 in medical damages, $575 to compensate for damage to “her boots, her dress, [and] her hair weave.” The judge also awarded Chaka $9,000 in lost earnings and $10,000 in pain and suffering.[27]

On February 21, 2014, authorities in northern Virginia said Davis had been charged with driving while intoxicated.[28] The news came one day after Davis had been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

On July 23, 2014, D.C. police announced that there was a warrant for Davis' arrest for assaulting his ex-girlfriend on June 2.[29] The next day, Davis surrendered himself to the police.[30]


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". 
  2. ^ USC 2004 Football Recruiting Class
  3. ^ a b c LQ Singian, Exit Interview: Fred Davis,, August 21, 2008, Accessed August 24, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d Gary Klein, It takes a while, but Davis catches on, Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2007, Accessed August 24, 2008.
  5. ^ John Nadel, (1) USC 47, Washington St. 14, Associated Press, September 22, 2007.
  6. ^ Gary Klein, Trojans find the right balance, Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2007.
  7. ^ Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced, Pacific 10 Conference, December 3, 2007.
  8. ^'s All-Americas,, December 11, 2007.
  9. ^ Gary Klein, Rose Bowl says no deal, for now, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2007.
  10. ^ Jones, Mike (July 29, 2011). "Fred Davis switches jersey number, eyes breakout". Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Tight End Fred Davis and Left Tackle Trent Williams Suspended for the Remainder of the Season". 
  12. ^ Tinsman, Brian (February 17, 2012). "Roster Review: Tight Ends". Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  13. ^ Jones, Mike (August 24, 2012). "Fred Davis, London Fletcher, Lorenzo Alexander named Redskins’ 2011 players of the year". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  14. ^ Jones, Mike (March 2, 2012). "Redskins use franchise tag on TE Fred Davis". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  15. ^ Jones, Mike (March 6, 2012). "Redskins opted for non-exclusive franchise tag on Fred Davis". Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  16. ^ Maske, Mark (March 16, 2012). "Fred Davis signs one-year contract with Redskins". Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  17. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (October 21, 2012). "Fred Davis out for season with torn Achilles tendon". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  18. ^ Walker, Andrew (October 21, 2012). "Davis Has Torn Achilles, Done For Season". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  19. ^ "Bears defeat Lions to maintain NFC North lead". Newsday. Retrieved 2012-10-23. Tight end Chris Cooley passed a physical and agreed to rejoin the Redskins a day after tight end Fred Davis was lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury. 
  20. ^ Schefter, Adam (February 26, 2013). "Fred Davis cleared to play". Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  21. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 29, 2013). "Fred Davis decides to stay with Washington Redskins". Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  22. ^ Breech, John (2014-02-19). "Redskins TE Fred Davis suspended indefinitely by NFL". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  23. ^ Wesseling, Chris (May 7, 2015). "Ex-Redskins TE Fred Davis reinstated from suspension". Retrieved 2015-05-07. . On May 11, 2015, he signed a 1-year deal with the New England Patriots.
  24. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Patriots agree to deal with TE Fred Davis". Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  25. ^ Fred Davis Lawsuit: Redskins TE Represents Himself In Civil Suit Against Makini R. Chaka
  26. ^ Kogod, Sarah (June 29, 2012). "Fred Davis accused of throwing juice on a woman his body guard claims is a pimp". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  27. ^ Redskins Player Fred Davis Must Pay Damages for “Assault and Battery”
  28. ^ Fred Davis arrested for DWI
  29. ^ Hermann, Peter (July 23, 2014). "Former Redskins player Fred Davis sought on domestic violence related charge in D.C.". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  30. ^ Hermann, Peter (July 24, 2014). "Former Redskins player Fred Davis surrenders to D.C. police on warrant". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 

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