Artavis Scott can’t wait to show what he can do on the field. He’s had a year to pace back and forth and learn patience, waiting for his time as a professional wide receiver.
Scott will be entering his second year in the league after going undrafted out of Clemson last season. He was a college teammate of last year’s first-round pick Mike Williams and a player who was productive at a powerhouse university.
It was a bit of a surprise that he didn’t get selected in the draft.
Looking back at the undrafted rookie spotlight I did on Scott last year, I had high praise for him and felt he would have a good chance to make the roster. But he was nearly nonexistent in the preseason, going without a catch. He had one rushing attempt on an end around that netted 13 yards and he returned on kickoff for 23 yards.
As a result, the Los Angeles Chargers released him prior to the start of the season before bringing him back and placing him on the practice squad, where he spent the entire season.
Coming from a school that won a national championship, that was likely a tough pill for the young wide receiver to swallow. However, it looks like he could be ready to show what he can do this year.
As Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website explains, Scott has made a solid impression during OTAs.
“Last year was a humbling experience coming from being a young kid and always playing. You don’t really expect (not to). I love to play, and it was tough. But I feel much more confident heading into this year. It was humbling. I just got to see how the older guys watched and approached different things. It definitely helped me for year two.”
Scott now has a year of experience under his belt, even if he has yet to play in a regular season game. His rookie season helped prepare him for what’s to come in 2018. Will that lead to a spot on the 53-man roster?
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That depends on how many receivers the team decides to keep. You know that four (Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin) are likely locks to make the team. Sixth-round pick Dylan Cantrell will figure in, as will recent signing Nelson Spruce.
But I still believe Scott could be a great option in the slot and even if he doesn’t make the team this season, I see him having a much better summer, one that could lead to him playing for another team down the road if he doesn’t fit in Los Angeles.
This is a player to keep an eye on this summer as he does have the skills to help a team at the professional level and if things keep trending in the direction they are, I’ll be making an extra crazy prediction in the June edition of Chargers bold predictions.
Stay tuned for that.