There has been a log-jam at the wide receiver position over the last couple years and a number of capable wideouts have had to sit back and work in the background as Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin kept all the playing time to themselves.
Now that Tyrell has officially moved up to Oakland, there are a decent amount of snaps to go around to a lucky player who can separate himself from the pack. Davis is right up there on the short-list along with last year’s sixth-round pick, Dylan Cantrell, as well as Artavis Scott.
Even with Travis Benjamin currently sitting at third on the depth chart, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team use a heavy rotation to start the regular season (apart from Allen and Williams, of course.)
College: University of Connecticut
Years with team: 3
“Geremy Davis signed a 1 year, $895,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including a $25,000 signing bonus, $25,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $895,000. In 2019, Davis will earn a base salary of $805,000, a signing bonus of $25,000 and a roster bonus of $65,000, while carrying a cap hit of $735,000 and a dead cap value of $25,000.”
Davis fits the mold of the tall, physically-imposing wide receiver that the Chargers have loved so much over the past couple years. When Dontrelle Inman was with the team, he was mostly used in 1-WR sets and utilized for his effort as a blocker. I believe that’s what has helped keep Davis around.
He has yet to catch a pass in the regular season since he was with the New York Giants in 2015, but he always tends to show out in the exhibition games prior to the season. He is also a veteran who can provide spot duty in a pinch. If something were to happen to a receiver in front of him on the depth chart, he wouldn’t be the worst guy to have waiting in the wings.
No matter how good he consistently looks in the preseason, Davis has yet to catch a pass in a regular season game over the last three full seasons. To his name, he only has two catches for 21 yards. That’s no bueno no matter how you look at it. Maybe he just needs the right opportunity? Maybe he’s just a preseason All-American? We just don’t know at this point. I think Davis is going to have to show out one more time during this year’s exhibition games to finally show the staff that he can hang if given a legitimate workload.
Odds of making the team/What to expect in 2019
I think Davis is close to a sure-thing when it comes to making the final 53. He’s been nothing but consistent and available and those two things are high up on the coaches’ priorities. The team really didn’t bring in or draft anyone that seems automatically better than Davis, either. Cantrell and Scott seem to be the only guys in the room that could potentially push Davis down the depth chart so, at worst, he could be the team’s sixth and final wide receiver on the active roster.
Fun Fact: Davis was a standout player for the UConn Huskies from 2011-2014. He finished his career with 165 catches for 2,292 yards, both of which were school records in the FBS era at the time. He currently sits at 6th all-time in receptions and receiving yards in school history while holding the single-game record for receptions in a game at 15. As a junior, he became the first wideout to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 1988.