This is Green Bay Packers’ rookie receiver Trevor Davis’ line on the season: three catches, 24 yards, one touchdown. All three of those receptions came against Atlanta and Davis has only been targeted seven times all season.
Most of us would say that’s to be expected.
Rarely does a rookie receiver — especially one taken in the fifth round, as Davis was — make much of an impact in his first season.
Where Davis was making an impact was as a returner, specifically as a punt returner. Davis is averaging 12.8 per return and owns the Packers’ longest punt return of the season at 55 yards.
Unfortunately, Trevor Davis now finds himself in Mike McCarthy’s doghouse.
Davis was replaced by Randall Cobb three weeks ago as the Packers’ punt returner. He has only returned three kicks on the season and all of those came in week 9 vs. the Colts. Davis hasn’t been targeted since week 10 in Tennessee.
It gets worse.
Maybe this came as a surprise to only me, but Davis was one of the Packers’ inactives when Houston came to town. Unlike several other guys on that inactive list, Davis was actually healthy.
Not only has Davis’ touches been reduced, he now has no guarantees that he’ll even suit up on game day.
Why has Davis fallen into disregard?
It appears his fumble of a punt against Tennessee put him in McCarthy’s doghouse. Active or not, Davis hasn’t played a snap in the past three weeks.
Is McCarthy sending a message about preparedness and accountability?
He tried to send one by benching Eddie Lacy and then calling him fat, last season. This is slightly different, though.
There have been no public proclamations and Davis is a rookie. The inactive list isn’t a strange place to find a rookie.
Whatever it may be, barring injury, we may have seen the last of Trevor Davis this season.