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Redskins’ Trent Williams and Fred Davis Suspended After 3rd Positive Drug Test

Some guys just don’t get it.  There is certain behavior that your average, responsible adult would expect to stop after high school or even college, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.  Take the Washington Redskins’ Trent Williams and Fred Davis, for example.  According to the Washington Post, the NFL has suspended both the tackle and tight end for the remainder of the season after the NFL and NFL Players Association reached a settlement.  Davis and Williams have each failed at least three drug tests since entering the league, two of which occurred since the lockout ended in July.

League sources familiar with the case say that the failed drug tests for both players were for recreational drugs, believed to be marijuana.  Davis and Williams were part of a group of 11 players who failed drug tests shortly after reporting to camp in July.  The fate of the group had been undecided as the NFL and NFLPA sorted out how rules were going to be enforced and if players would receive a “grace period” because of the lockout.  Nine of the players have been let off without facing any punishment, but Davis and Williams made it easy for the NFL to determine their fate when they failed another test after the season began.

The NFL’s substance abuse program says that any player who fails three tests for recreational drugs is to be suspended for a full year, but the grace period allowed the union to negotiate the suspension down to four games and convince the league to treat it as a second offense for each player.

How does this happen?  That’s pretty simple: these are grown men who are too immature to get it.  Either that, or they have a serious addiction that needs to be addressed.  Players can blame the lockout all they want for their injuries or their lack of conditioning, but when you’re an NFL player you don’t need to sit around smoking weed all day because there’s a work stoppage.  If you’re like Williams and Davis and can’t help it or don’t know any better, put some effort into it and figure out a way to avoid getting caught.

Rex Grossman, Fred Davis Become Possible Fantasy Additions

The Redskins beat the Giants at home Sunday 28-14 surprising many people who thought the Skins were going to stink this year. If you read Doc Brown’s season preview, you knew we thought more of the Redskins than most analysts. Privately, I had also told friends I thought the Redskins quarterback position would have fantasy value all season long, regardless of who won the starting job between Rex Grossman and John Beck. Grossman won the job and played well in week one, and now it’s time to examine whether he’s worth a look for fantasy purposes.

Grossman’s final stats were 21-34 for 305 yards with two touchdowns. The Giants were without defensive lineman Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora who were both inactive, but they still managed four sacks and seven hits on the quarterback. Rex played well no matter how you look at it. He’s not a guy I would bet on leading a team to the playoffs, but he’s good enough to rack up yards and touchdowns on the right day. The turnovers generally will be high, but in the Shanahans’ offense, his numbers should be good. You may recall that he threw for over 300 yards in two of his starts at the end of last season too. He has pretty strong upside as a second quarterback on your roster, and the same can be said for John Beck if he gets the job.

Tight end Fred Davis was Grossman’s top target Sunday. The USC product caught five passes for 105 yards after being targeted six times. We’ve been big Fred Davis fans since seeing him play very well the second half of 2009 when he filled in for Chris Cooley who got hurt that year. In the 10 games he played after Cooley got hurt, Davis racked up 41 catches for 464 yards and six touchdowns. Fred is sure-handed, runs good routes, and he has good athleticism after the catch. Even though Chris Cooley is still around, Fred looks like the featured tight end in their passing game. He should be solid all year long and is a recommended tight end pickup.