The Chargers have a good history of Undrafted Free Agents making the final 53 and this year the name to look out for is the Cornerback out of BYU Michael Davis. With the Cougars, Davis recorded 110 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 17 pass break-ups, a forced fumble and an interception. The wideout turned defensive back was labeled at 6’2/196 in college and scouts clocked Davis (the former sprinter) 40-time at 4.34.
As Training Camp approaches the biggest surprise to catch my eye in OTAs was #43. Davis was all over the field and made the highlight of OTAs for me where he high-pointed an interception and pulled it down with his fingertips. Davis has been impressive all around. With Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett locked in as the two starters at corner and the rookie Desmond King playing in Nickel, the depth at cornerback is an open competition between Craig Mager, Trovon Reed and Trevor Williams who all got playing time last year but Michael Davis has outperformed all three thus far.
In an article today following Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn, he spoke highly of Michael Davis on multiple occasions:
Lynn puts down his call sheet and walks over to a small wooden cabinet near the doorway. Inside is a whiteboard with some of the team’s most coveted, confidential information – the depth chart. All 90 players are listed on individual magnets complete with vital data. The head coach’s eyes immediately go to one of the cornerback spots where he picks up a name from near the bottom of the rotation and places it second. The name is Michael Davis. Lynn went to sleep last night with a plan to put the undrafted rookie to the test. With Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward sitting out portions of the offseason program, the younger cornerbacks have had chances to show their worth. One player catching Lynn’s eye is the young kid out of Baylor. Before heading home the night before, Lynn discussed putting Davis with the first team with Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley and Secondary Coach Ron Milus. Simply put, he wants to see if Davis can have the same level of success:
“This kid’s been impressive. He’s got size. He’s fast. Now we’ve got to see what he can do in a different setting. So we’re going to throw him in with the ones today and see how he responds.”
(Editor’s note: Davis played at BYU, not Baylor, that’s in the article, not my doing)
So Coach Lynn put Michael Davis to the test:
“Lynn challenged Michael Davis by putting him with the first team, and the Baylor product is having a heck of a day. He’s made a number of plays on the ball and been in the receiver’s hip pocket. Lynn stands about 40 yards behind the defense during practice, letting the action come to him. Davis just had a strong breakup on a pass intended for Keenan Allen, drawing cheers from his fellow defensive backs. “You can’t shake him!” Jahleel Addae shouts toward KA13.”
(Editor’s note: Again, BYU not Baylor.)
Fast forward to the night of the practice:
Lynn’s smiling. The Bolts put Michael Davis to the test, and the head coach thought he aced it in real time. That’s what he told the media immediately after practice. The tape backed up his thoughts. Still, while clearly pleased with his performance, Lynn cautions nobody should look too much into a practice in early June:
“The guy that I kept walking down to push to get a look at him, he showed up. That’s what we all wanted to see. That’s why we decided to throw him out there. We need to find those things out. Now it’s only one practice. He’s got a long way to go. We haven’t even put the pads on yet or played a game so I don’t want people to read too much into anything. But he had a good day. He did what we hoped he could. The tape backed that up. It’s hard to see everything when you’re on the field, but look at this (coverage) right here on Geremy (Davis). He showed up. This is good to see. My eye was absolutely on him all day. We asked the coaches to put him in certain position, and I wanted to see how he responded. I thought the young man stepped up and competed well. We do that with a lot of different players.”
It may be early but let’s just say don’t be surprised if UDFA Michael Davis is the third Cornerback on the depth chart come Training Camp.