Name: Geremy Davis
NFL games played: 13
Games played for the Chargers: 3
Fun fact: Geremy Davis was watching the draft at home with friends and family, but actually missed the moment he was drafted - his best friend accidentally turned off the TV and Davis had to rewind to see the moment!
Geremy Davis was born in Norcross, Georgia, and started playing football - and dominating in football - early on in life. He wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about the game back as a child, though. In Little League, Davis once had a 98-yard rush, and then instantly called a timeout himself because he was tired and wanted a break.
He’d grow into the sport more as he grew older and finished his Senior Year of football at Norcross High with 40 receptions for 705 yards and nine TDs. Those are good numbers, but not great, and Davis was a 3* recruit that was ranked just the 168th best WR that year.
He committed to Connecticut in 2010 and would redshirt his True Freshman Year and then see very little game time in his Freshman Year in 2011. 2012 was the year Davis would really leave his mark, as his 44 receptions for 613 yards and a TD made him UConn’s leading WR that year. He’d follow that up with a record setting Junior Year - with 71 receptions for 1,085 yards and 3 TDs, Davis became the first UConn WR in the FBS era to go over 1,000 yards.
If you’re thinking that Davis’ numbers really aren’t that impressive, then you’d be right. However, it’s important to know that UConn was very much a run first team, as only once since 2005 had they finished a season with more passing attempts than rushes attempts - and that year was 2013 when Davis’ emergence as a legitimate receiving threat all but demanded it.
Unfortunately, Davis couldn’t keep up the performance in his Senior Year in 2014, as he had just 44 receptions for 521 yards and 3 TDs - although that still made him the leading UConn WR that year.
Even with UConn’s offensive vision taken into account, Davis’ production wasn’t exactly calling out to NFL scouts. Furthermore, his speed was a real concern: Lance Zierlein’s scouting report describes Davis as a “slow receiver lacking necessary timed and play speed for an NFL wide receiver. Doesn't have foot quickness to free himself from press coverage.” Despite running a 4.47 yard 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, Davis was still considered to “simply fall well below the NFL standard for functional play speed at the wide receiver position,” and “the tape doesn't show a player who can get much separation with necessary athleticism.” It’s often said that 40 yard dash times don’t equate to playing speed, and the majority of scouts and pundits seemed to have Davis pegged as more of a 4.7 40 guy than a 4.47 one.
The lack of production combined with questionable speed had Davis going undrafted by many experts. However, Davis had enjoyed an impressive combine, with his 23 reps on the bench press being tied for 1st among all NFL WRs, and proving that what Davis lacked in speed, he made up for in strength.
Sure, Davis wasn’t going to be a deep threat at the next level, and he was never going to be the guy to create yards after the catch, but that wasn’t his game, and teams understood that. With Davis, you were getting a big bodied (Davis is 6’2 and 217 lbs), strong possession WR. He wasn’t going to be a #1 WR, but he could go on to become a very good complimentary piece - every team needs a possession WR that their QB can trust.
The Giants liked Davis enough to draft him in the sixth round and he made the 53 man roster, appearing in the first 10 games of the season before being made inactive for the last six. He played just 36 snaps in those 10 games, however (with two catches), and despite drawing praise from Giants HC Ben McAdoo and starting QB Eli Manning in the following offseason Davis couldn’t make the roster, instead being placed onto the Giants Practice Squad, where he’d remain until the Chargers signed him in November following injuries to Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. Davis appeared in three games for the Chargers but didn’t have a catch.
How are Davis’ chances looking of securing a place on the roster for the upcoming season? Well, they’re probably not great. In truth, the Chargers wouldn’t have signed him if injuries hadn’t necessitated it, and the Chargers are already virtually locked in at WR this year. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin, and Dontrelle Inman are almost certain to all make the 53 man roster, and the Chargers probably won’t keep around a sixth WR - even if they do, Davis faces an uphill battle to win that spot ahead of a lot of competition, with Artavis Scott, Mitchell Paige, Jamaal Jones, Isaiah Burse, Andre Patton, and Da’Ron Brown all trying to impress.
Davis has a shot to make the Practice Squad, but he’ll have to climb the depth chart to be considered ahead of the aforementioned names, and my personal feeling is that he’s going to be cut completely come September.
Davis is a devout Christian, and in college was part of a group of players that would do Bible study together, as well as going on religious trips. According to Davis, “We had something called ‘Ultimate Training Camp.’ It put your body physically and mentally into vigorous things, so you can rely on the Lord for those things. Then when you’re done, you (apply) that to your everyday life.”
That article on the Chargers website also lists one of the more interesting things I’ve found out about any Chargers player to date. Like many NFL players, Davis has a pet, but I’d wager that he might be the only one in the NFL with this specific pet - because, for the past three years, Geremy Davis has had a pet tortoise.
The reason he has a tortoise as a pet is equal parts cute and awesome. When Davis was in the fourth grade, he found a tortoise in the street and took him in - but somebody in his family got rid of the tortoise (although they still won’t admit it). Davis made a promise that he’d get a pet tortoise for good when he was grown up, and he stuck to that promise.