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FB Carey Davis Will Pave Way For RB Parker Once Again

Redskins blogger Matt Terl has an interesting story about Willie Parker and Carey Davis being reunited in Washington, and what that might mean for the Redskins RB depth chart since Larry Johnson’s rocky start against the Ravens last week, along with an injury to pro bowl FB Mike Sellers.

For the past three years, newly-signed Redskins fullback Carey Davis played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where one of the guys he regularly blocked for was (relatively) newly-signed Redskins running back Willie Parker. In 2007, Davis helped pave the way for Parker to run the ball 321 times for 1,316 yards — a 4.1 ypc avg. — and two touchdowns.

Parker has had an up-and-down training camp and offseason with the Redskins, and there have been persistent rumors that his roster spot was far from secure. “I’m the so-called ‘running back that’s been counted out’,” Parker said today.

But then Larry Johnson had a rough outing on Saturday night, which some believe muddied the depth chart a bit, and the upcoming game against the Jets is slated to be Parker’s chance to stake his claim. So it’s kind of serendipitous for Parker that Davis was signed this week.

“It’s good to be back with P,” Davis said today. “That’s my guy. We had a lot of great years in Pittsburgh.”

The benefit goes beyond just having an old pal in town, though. “It’s a familiarity,” Davis said. “We know each other. I know what he thinks, he knows what I think, so that’ll be fun.”

Davis is pretty firmly of the belief that an understanding between a tailback and his fullback really helps to improve on-field performance. “When you know what your running back is gonna do and he knows what his fullback is gonna do, it helps out a lot,” Davis explained. “You’re kinda in each other’s head. I know where he wants to go, he knows what I wanna do, so we kinda play off each other like that.”

Although the extent of the injury suffered by fullback Mike Sellers Saturday night isn’t known, it seems possible that Davis will have a chance to show off this running back psychic rapport Friday night in New Jersey.

One other thing Davis was firm about is that — despite adding two ex-Steelers in one day yesterday, to join a few former Pittsburgh coaches — there’s no chance that Redskins Park is turning into Pittsburgh South. “Nah,” Davis said. “This is still Redskins country.”


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