It’s been a long row for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drew Davis to hoe, and that road hasn’t always been on the straight and narrow. When he was signed as an undrafted free agent in July 2011 and released in September 2011, he kept his head and his hopes high; a spot on the practice squad was the reward. 2012 became a bit of a roller coaster for Davis when he was released on August 31, 2012, signed to the practice squad on September 1, 2012 and moved to the active roster on September 8, 2012.
Davis scored his first NFL touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed by Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Smith said of Davis’ continuing progress, “He’s gotten better. The thing he has improved immensely on is his contribution on special teams.”
Fast forward to the upcoming training camp. Davis is still around, and hoping to maybe shake up the sure-thing starters Roddy White and Julio Jones. To say that trying to get noticed while competing against the likes of White and Jones isn’t easy is like saying the movie Jaws (in its day) was only a little scary. However, he is definitely up to the challenge.
At this point, Davis is a solid bet to be the number four receiver; he could well be on track to dethrone Harry Douglas at the number three spot. That doesn’t sound exactly glorious, but again…refer back to the tandem of White and Jones. As always, maintaining depth of position and talent within that depth are a must. Rest assured Davis will make his mark at training camp, and he’ll be ready to do his part when called upon during the ‘Super Bowl or Bust’ season.