Redskins’ ‘3 Horsemen’ finally show their stuff
Maybe they’re not busts after all, but simply late bloomers. In the last five games, Davis alone has 20 catches, benefiting from the season-ending ankle injury to
“We’re like the Three Horsemen,” Thomas said Wednesday. “Just stay tough and keep riding, just keep riding.”
Much was expected from Thomas, Davis and Kelly after the
Thomas also had trouble mastering the play book, while Kelly was hampered by a knee injury. Davis was stuck behind Cooley and was most noted for oversleeping and missing a minicamp practice.
The threesome combined for just 21 catches as rookies, had slow starts again this year and were looking like another potential embarrassment for front office chief Vinny Cerrato.
Then Davis got his big chance when Cooley went down with a broken ankle against Philadelphia on Oct. 26. Davis finished the game and caught eight passes, including his first NFL touchdown. He had four receptions and another touchdown in the rematch against the
“He was a guy that was nonexistent when we talked about catching balls, and he’s really becoming a factor,” coach Jim Zorn said. “As guys get more time and they start playing faster, then all of a sudden you can see these schemes, these concepts, are harder to cover.”
Kelly said Davis is proving what the threesome can do when given a chance.
“I think if we keep getting consistent opportunities to make plays, then we will be consistent players,” Kelly said. “That is what it is all about. Nobody would have ever saw what Fred could do. . . . Now that he is getting the opportunities, look what he is doing.”
Zorn said Thomas and Kelly still need to work on running better pass routes, but they are finally making plays.
“They’re starting to show flashes of being the receivers that we want them to be,” Zorn said, “and they’ll continue to come on.”
Thomas caught four passes for 46 yards on Sunday, while Kelly added two for 50 yards. Thomas also averaged 23.5 yards on four kickoffs, subbing for
Maybe production was overdue, but Thomas feels the earlier criticism was premature.
“I knew it would come soon or later. I just bit my lips. I knew I would showcase what I could do eventually,” Thomas said. “I wouldn’t say people were wrong for being impatient. I was impatient. I wanted to be out there making plays. Right now is just the right time for us.”