After saying it out loud, tight end Vernon Davis caught himself off guard.
“I’m the oldest guy in the locker room now, which is ‘whoa,’” Davis said with a laugh. “I’ve come a long way.”
At 34 years old, Davis is the eldest on the roster, just a few months older than quarterback Alex Smith, and yet he enters his third year in Washington as the closest approximation of a sure thing health-wise at the tight end position. It’s a different kind of role since the last time he was catching passes from Smith.
“Being here, the guys see that, they know I’m the veteran, they’re always coming to me asking about my diet, and how can they do this to get better, so it’s good to see that,” Davis said at the Redskins Charity Golf Classic.
In his two seasons with the Redskins, Davis has become a reliable part of the offense filling in for tight end Jordan Reed, who has been injured throughout extended stretches. Reed is still recovering from toe surgery, and Davis is looking forward to having him back this year as continues to defy his age and rekindle the connection with his new and familiar quarterback.
“I expected to come in and just play with Jordan, but sometimes things happen and you have to be willing to step up as your number’s called,” Davis said “So I’ll take onus on that and do whatever I can to help this team win.”
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