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LA Chargers: The most surprising players from 2020

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Denzel Perryman #52 and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackle Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Denzel Perryman #52 and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers tackle Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Most surprising LA Chargers: Michael Davis

It is definitely safe to say that Michael Davis surprised a lot of Charger fans this season as he played relatively solid football at the team’s second outside corner spot after the fans were skeptical of him in the offseason.

I have talked about how wrong I was with Herbert and Perryman and had to eat crow so I will brag a bit about this one: I was not surprised by Davis in the slightest. Way back after the 2020 NFL Draft I covered why the Bolts didn’t draft a cornerback when we all expected them to.

The answer? Michael Davis. There were promising signs in Davis before this season and while the team probably should have still drafted a corner, those promising signs started to come to fruition.

Davis was not stellar by any sense of the word and is not really someone who the team can yet trust as a CB1. However, he proved to be more than just a speed corner and showed really big steps in his coverage abilities.

According to Pro Football Focus, Davis allowed 56 receptions on 92 targets (60.9%) this season and opposing quarterbacks had a 77.7 passer rating while targeting Davis. That is not bad at all, and quite frankly, Davis was the best cornerback on the team last season.

Davis is also a free agent this offseason and the LA Chargers are going to have a decision to make. I do think that Davis gets re-signed as the team needs his talent and youth as Chris Harris and Casey Hayward continue to regress. Heck, there is a chance that one, if not both, of those two, gets cut.

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Davis balled out in a contract year and the LA Chargers should reward that.

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