The LA Chargers drafted three players from TCU after the program's breakout season that led them to the National Championship Game. In the first round the team selected Quentin Johnston, in the fourth round the team "reached" for Derius Davis and in the seventh round the team took Max Duggan.
Johnston was the obvious favorite to be the best TCU player that the Chargers drafted in 2024. However, just about halfway into the 2023 season, it has been abundantly clear that Davis is the best TCU player that the Bolts drafted.
Davis has been used as a gadget play weapon on offense and every time Kellen Moore calls his number good things happen. It does not stop there, though, as Davis is proving why many called him the most lethal return man in the 2023 draft.
Davis' first-career touchdown being a punt-return touchdown is as fitting as it comes. Funny enough, this punt return looked nearly identical to the punt return touchdown that he had in the first preseason game of the year against the Los Angeles Rams.
Derius Davis' punt return touchdown may win the Chargers the game vs the Jets
The Chargers' Monday Night Football matchup against the Jets was primed to be an ugly one. On one side, there is an elite defense that has not allowed a single offense to score two touchdowns all season.
In that same breath, the Jets also have one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league who struggles to lead scoring drives. It was a good offense vs a good defense and a bad offense vs a bad defense. When the dust settled, special teams was ultimately going to win this game.
And if the first quarter is any indication, the Chargers may be able to pull off a win with Davis' punt-return touchdown being the difference. This could be eerily similar to last year's game against the Denver Broncos, where the Chargers won solely because of special teams.
That matchup was very similar as the Broncos were a good defensive team who had a bad Wilson under center. Hopefully, the Week 9 outcome this season can be the same but without as much stress.