The first preseason game of 2018 is in the books for the Los Angeles Chargers. Though it resulted in a loss, one player made a strong case for a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.
The Chargers were defeated 24-17 by the Arizona Cardinals, but it’s the evaluation process that matters most in the preseason. If you’re a proponent of wide receiver Geremy Davis making the squad, he certainly put forth his best effort on Saturday night.
Davis caught four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, averaging 22 yards per reception. The touchdown catch he made was especially impressive. Geno Smith loaded it up and threw downfield to a streaking Davis who was able to go up over the defender and catch the ball at its highest point. He then kept his footing and shook off the defender before turning into the end zone.
Big-time catch by Geremy Davis on a 47-yard TD from Geno Smith. Good battle brewing for the final WR spots
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) August 12, 2018
It was the biggest highlight of the night for the Bolts and one that should help shoot Davis up the depth chart. Combined with the strong camp he’s had, this game was big for Davis.
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Davis was a sixth-round pick of the New York Giants out of Connecticut in 2015 but the Chargers plucked him off their practice squad in November 2016. He hasn’t spent much time on an active roster and has just two career catches.
He’s hoping that changes this season.
With the Chargers already having Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin on the roster, there’s not a lot of room for a wide receiver to make an impact on the team. In fact, there may be just one more roster spot available at that position, two at the most.
In addition to Davis, Artavis Scott also had a nice night, catching five passes for 44 yards. But it was Davis and his circus catch that helped earn him our player of the game honors.
Davis will look to build on this performance next week when the Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks next Saturday night.