4. Michael Davis
A few Chargers saw their stock dip during the 2021 season but none more so than Michael Davis. Davis was coming off of a fantastic season with the Chargers in 2020 and earned himself a new three-year contract with the team as a result.
Davis has things that you simply cannot teach a cornerback with his blend of size and speed and it appeared that he was turning the corner into being a true CB1 in this defense. With Staley now leading the way, many thought Davis would continue to blossom and would have an even better 2021 campaign.
Instead, Davis went backward and quickly found himself on the outside looking in at the cornerback position. Heading into camp, Davis was likely slotted to be the fourth corner on the depth chart with J.C. Jackson and Asante Samuel Jr. starting outside with Bryce Callahan in the slot.
However, Davis has reinserted himself into the starting conversation as he has looked great in camp and looked really good in the preseason game against the Rams. There were some questionable coverage plays for the Chargers in this game and Davis stood out as the most polished CB out there for the Bolts.
This is huge for the Chargers as Davis turning a corner and returning back to his 2020 form (or better) gives the Bolts yet another weapon in the secondary. Suddenly, with a better Davis, the Bolts have a much deeper and more talented cornerback room that can withstand an injury or two and can perform against top offenses.
Because of his poor showing last season, Davis still has more to prove but it is impossible to not like what we have seen thus far.