It didn’t take me long to realize, that anyone who is able and willing to take off work (or other responsibilities) to come to training camp, probably has a story to tell. Usually it’s just a matter of identifying those that stick out the most.
One fan that I couldn’t help but notice, was this gentleman (pictured to the right). He was in camp almost every day, but he wasn’t standing with anyone and he didn’t have much to say. Good play or bad play, he just stood there watching, shifting his weight from one foot to the other, concentrating on the field.
Another thing that stuck out about this man is that he was wearing the team’s official practice shorts, distributed only to members of the team. Stitched into the side panel of the shorts was a golden No. 83.
This, clearly, was no average fan.
This is Kedran Davis, the younger brother of Redskins tight end Fred Davis. Kedran is Fred’s housemate in Washington, and comes out whenever he can, during training camp, to see his brother play.
“I haven’t seen as much of him lately, he’s been busy with football-related stuff and mixing it up with film study when he gets back,” Kedran said. “He’s also been focused on eating right this offseason and being in the best shape for football.”
The biggest problem for the Redskins, since Fred arrived in Washington in 2008, has been figuring out how–and where–to get him on the field. After a big 2009 season where he filled in for an injured Chris Cooley, Fred took time to adjust to the new offensive system.
Kedran saw Fred’s frustration played out first-hand, but noted that the struggles made Fred more motivated to work. “He can do anything, and he will do anything to get on the field.”
“Going into his second year in the offensive system, we expect big things.”
On top of that, Fred expects big things about the team.
“We were just talking about this,” Kedran said. “He said, ‘I really see them doing big things and I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else but here.’”
So far during camp, Fred has looked tremendous out on the field. According to his brother, he’s also pretty good on the virtual football fields of Madden.
“I won’t say he beats me all the time,” Kedran said with a smile. “But he probably beats me 65 percent of the time.”
So I had to take that number to the source and ask Fred, himself.
According to Fred: “Oh yeah, 2K Sports, Madden, the whole deal–I win,” he said with a laugh. “I mean, he wins every once in a blue moon when I’m not on my ‘A’ game. But I’m the gamer in the house. I gotta let him win to build his confidence up.”
Fred wouldn’t give an exact number, so perhaps “every once in a blue moon” equals 35 percent.
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