With Green Bay Packers Family Night in the books, and the first preseason game this Sunday, breakout candidates are starting to take form. Rookie Trevor Davis has been impressive so far in Training Camp, and will get every chance to prove he deserves a roster spot on the team.
The Wide Receiver position has be broken down many times, but the depth is outstanding. Barring injury, it is likely the Packers will keep 6 WRs and the battle for the last spot will likely come down to Davis and Jared Abbrederis. However, Ed Williams, Jamel Johnson, and Geronimo Allison will be competing to show off to other NFL teams, or at least have a crack at the Packer’s Practice Squad.
Davis provides the Packers with a burner that was sorely lacking last season. However, just being fast won’t get you on the field, as we saw with Jeff Janis. He needs to show he will be a reliable route runner to gain Aaron Rodger’s trust. He has already started to show off impressive hands, such as the terrific one-handed catch he made in practice (video below).
Davis is also going to get the chance to prove himself on a Special Teams. He’ll get every chance to show his ability as a kick and punt returner, and utilize his speed on the coverage units. His ability to contribute in those areas may help to set himself apart from Abbrederis.
Davis has impressed coaches with his burst, work ethic, and quick learning curve, and he adds to an impressive set of young pass catchers. His ability to get on the field will largely be tied to being able to contribute on Special Teams early, but if he can get in sync with Rodgers, Trevor Davis could be a factor in the offense by the middle of the season. He will have a ton of opportunities this preseason to prove himself to the coaching staff, which is all any young player can ask for.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig