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'Jim Zorn Show': Thomas, Davis Get Involved


When the Redskins return from their bye, wide receiver Devin Thomas and tight end Fred Davis should have an increased role in the offense.

Zorn discussed Thomas and Davis during his weekly appearance on "The Jim Zorn Show," which airs on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC-WRC 4. The show is hosted by Den Hellie and Larry Weisman.

Thomas started the last two games for the Redskins and he showed improvement in the Redskins' 27-17 loss to Philadelphia last Monday night, head coach Jim Zorn said.

Thomas caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown catch.

"Certainly Devin being including in and having an impact on the game [against Philadelphia]--he was open for another touchdown earlier in the game and we didn't get the ball to him," Zorn said. "He is starting to show that he can get open and run after the catch like he did on that little quick screen we run. Those kinds of things we want to continue."

Davis takes over for Chris Cooley, who is sidelined for at least four weeks after undergoing ankle surgery this week.

Davis had his best game as a pro against the Eagles, catching eight passes for 78 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown grab.

"Fred is super talented and he has real speed," Zorn said. "His pass protection must improve and his route running must improve for him to have more than eight catches. And he knows it."

Thomas and Davis are both 2008 second-round draft picks. Malcolm Kelly, another 2008 second-rounder, also remains in the mix, Zorn said.

Zorn addressed the state of the Redskins' offensive line during a question-and-answer segment of "The Jim Zorn Show." The line has been besieged by injuries this season, including left tackle Chris Samuels and right guard Randy Thomas.

"We recognize our two veteran linemen got injured," Zorn said. "Had we been at full tilt, these questions would not have to be asked. But they do now because we have lost both of those guys. We have interjected various combinations to try to shore up our offensive line.

"[Last offseason], we were very competitive with some of the free agent offensive linemen available but they either re-signed with their own team or signed with another team. So we lost out on several of those. That's all we can do. Eventually we will address the situation, either in the draft or in free agency again."

Later, Zorn added: "We're struggling a little bit, not because these guys aren't playing hard or trying hard, it's just that the cohesiveness is not there. These guys have to have mreo time to develop than they are able to have. They have to go out and play great games every game for us to win."

This week's edition of "The Jim Zorn Show" also includes a Redskins Legacy segment on Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell and a chalk talk session on the slant pass.

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