We’ve noted the lack of impact receiver Trevor Davis made during his rookie season. We’ve also suggested he’s no lock for a roster spot this year.
Davis had just three catches as a rookie for 24 yards. He also went directly into coach Mike McCarthy’s doghouse after fumbling a punt in Tennessee. He was either on the inactive list or a DNP for seven weeks after week 11 (including playoffs).
That’s not how you want to finish your rookie season.
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Davis was thinking too much.
“You can’t utilize (your speed) when you’re thinking too much,” Davis said.
You know the cliches. Just go out there and play. Let the game come to you. So on and so forth.
For a receiver, that means knowing the playbook and the offense. Davis obviously didn’t know either of those things last year. Thus, thinking too much — about what route he was supposed to run, about where he was supposed to be, etc.
“Last year was difficult for me because I was learning the playbook – I mean it’s difficult for everyone who comes in here – and you’re focusing more on the plays than anything else,” Davis said. “You want to run the right thing rather knowing why you’re running it, how to run it against the type of technique you’re running it against. Now I can think about those things and go into camp really knowing the offense better and just being able to make the right decisions.”
Davis is the fastest receiver on the Packers. It would be nice if they could utilize that weapon.
Davis will need to show substantial improvement from year one, however. And if he doesn’t, he likely isn’t even making the roster.