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Vernon Davis, Junior Galette provide reminders of ability during OTAs

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins were reminded, once more, why it was important to keep tight end Vernon Davis around.

With Jordan Reed working out elsewhere during these voluntary organized team activity sessions, it provides Davis more chances for work with the starters. He often plays with them anyway, but with Reed elsewhere, Davis becomes a greater focal point in the pass game -- at least from the tight end position.

And, Wednesday, he showed that he still has his speed. Granted, nobody is in pads yet but when you’re 33, as Davis turned in January, it’s always good to show what you can still do. So, he beat linebacker Zach Brown down the seam to catch one touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Brown actually had decent coverage, but Davis did get him by a half-step or so -- and the pass was perfect.

Later, he got behind safety Su’a Cravens for a catch in the end zone, capping a hurry-up portion of the practice. The flip side for Cravens was that he learned a valuable lesson: You can’t get beat deep in that situation. But for Davis, it was another reminder that the Redskins have solid depth behind Reed.

Other observations from Wednesday:

Junior Galette. One reason it’ll be nice for the Redskins to have tackle Trent Williams return next week: It’ll provide a good measuring stick for linebacker Junior Galette, because the latter looked quick off the ball Wednesday versus backups. Galette beat tackle Kevin Bowen to the inside, springing out of his four-point stance. Granted, Galette should beat Bowen, but he looked quick in doing so. Galette also won to the inside on another play. Two years ago, before his first Achilles’ injury, I thought that would be a strength of his game.

Josh Doctson. Receiver Josh Doctson made a nice grab on a ball thrown slightly behind him during full-team work. Doctson had to escape physical play from corner Kendall Fuller to make the grab. Fuller did not jam him off the line, but rather after a couple yards. Doctson broke free and with Fuller in front of him, made the tough catch.

But Doctson worked with the No. 2 offense -- Ryan Grant was the third receiver with the starters, alongside Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor. Why? Because Grant can play all three receiver spots while the Redskins only want Doctson working at the "Z" position for now. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Doctson can play the "X" position if needed. Receivers such as Doctson and Pryor, though, give Cousins nice, big targets over the middle of the field.

Player rotations. Linebacker Zach Brown worked alongside Will Compton with the No. 1 defense for a while Wednesday. Mason Foster also took reps next to Compton. Joey Mbu continues to take snaps as the top nose tackle.