This week’s mailbag question comes to us from @Coach_JMT on twitter. Feel free to tweet us any questions you may have about the Chargers (@cover32_SD).
— John Tomczak (@Coach_JMT) July 9, 2014
Thanks for your question, John. If you had asked me this in May, right after Davis was signed. I would have told you he had a great shot at making the Chargers 53-man roster. Cornerback was undoubtedly the weakest position on the defense last season, and even with the drafting of Jason Verrett, the position lacked proven depth.
However, the month of June completely changed the team’s outlook in the defensive secondary. The big news? Brandon Flowers inking a contract with the Bolts. Not often are you going to sign a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback in the middle of his prime late in free agency, but Tom Telesco managed to. Additionally, a youngster by the name of Steve Williams shined in OTAs. You may remember Williams from the 2013 draft. The former fifth-round selection missed all of 2013 with a pectoral injury, but appears to have used his time wisely getting plenty of first team reps in OTAs. Add to that experienced veterans like Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall, and cornerback has all of a sudden become a deep position in San Diego.
With that being said, you would assume there is no room for Davis, but there is a way he can find himself on San Diego’s roster: special teams. Davis has arguably the most famous return in football history on his resume, and undoubtedly, everyone has seen it. Coincidentally, the Chargers need a return man as Ronnie Brown and Keenan Allen spent too much time returning kicks last season. Brown was never really a long-distance threat and was not resigned by the Chargers, and the Bolts can’t afford to have Allen getting injured on special teams. If Davis can show return skill in training camp, he could earn himself, at the very least, a spot on the practice squad. With Wright, Marshall, and Flowers all on the last year of their deals, Davis needs to buy himself a year and prove to the coaching staff he is capable of being an NFL player moving forward. Lucky for us, training camp is right around the corner.