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Redskins TE Davis not making expected impact

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By PFW staff

Here are several whispers we've been hearing from around NFC East:

• More has been expected in the receiving department from Redskins TE Fred Davis, who entered this season with a chance to be on the field a lot considering the team's lack of receiving explosiveness. Davis showed just how much ability he has on a 62-yard grab this season, but he has not been good enough for the coaches to dial up packages where both he and Chris Cooley are running routes together. Typically thus far, one tight end blocks while the other goes into a pass pattern.

• The Eagles plan to get RB Jerome Harrison involved very soon, perhaps against the Titans on Sunday. A week after trading for Harrison, the coaches believe he's up to speed on the basics of the offense and think he can slowly grow into a role and help keep impressive RB LeSean McCoy healthy for the stretch. That will be imperative because McCoy is already averaging 20.2 touches per game after earning only 12.2 per game as a rookie.

• Don't blame Cowboys ILB Bradie James for the team's problems. He has played very well, despite a painful knee strain that has bothered him the past few weeks. James hasn't received a lot of attention this season, but he has gotten better each week and is among the more active Cowboys defenders thus far.

• The window might be closing on Giants OL Kevin Boothe's return this season. The clock has started on Boothe, who has three weeks now that he is off the PUP list to return to the lineup. However, he has admitted that he might not be able to return in that length of time. Boothe was a valuable reserve last season, and it would be helpful to have him back, with a number of Giants O-linemen battling through injuries.

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