How Davis’ Speed Could Factor Into WR Mix

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(Editor’s Note: With training camp just around the corner, let’s continue to meet the new faces on the Cowboys roster. Today we continue the series with wide receiver Reggie Davis.)

How He Got Here: Davis might seem like a new face to most Cowboys fans, but he has been around the league for a few years. This is actually his fourth team since he joined the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted free agent from Georgia. Davis was signed by the Falcons, then cut and picked up by the Browns before he re-joined Atlanta’s practice squad. Davis also spent time with the Eagles last year before linking up with the Cowboys. He came to the Cowboys last November on the practice squad and was re-signed to the team at the end of the season.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Davis has said his favorite sports movie is “Invincible,” starring Mark Wahlberg, who portrays the real-life story of Vince Papale, an undersized receiver/special teams player who uses his speed to make the team the Eagles’ roster for three years in the late 1970s. Ironically, Davis is going to have to use similar traits to stick around with the Cowboys as well.

Quotable: “I have to always show my greatest strength, which is speed. Going deep and being a deep threat is the best thing I do.” -Reggie Davis on what sets him apart from the other receivers on the depth chart.

Role/Roster Chances: The Cowboys seem rather solidified at the top of the receiver depth chart, but after the top three slots with Cooper, Gallup and Cobb, it can get interesting. While Hurns and Austin should have a good chance of making it, there will likely be a spot or two for a wild card. Davis showed flashes of being in the mix with his play in the OTAs and minicamp. What Davis brings is top-end speed that few others on the team possess. If Davis can consistently be a legitimate deep-threat receiver who can make enough plays at camp and the preseason games, he could force the Cowboys to keep him around again.

Bryan Broaddus’ Take: Can really run. Has the ability to stretch the field with his vertical game. Catches the ball well at all levels of the field so that will play into his advantage. Has training camp experience so he fully understands the daily grind. If he makes this club it will be that experience plus showing up on special teams as a potential punt returner. When others are breaking down, he’s going to need to push through. Bad days are not allowed because that will get him released. More likely a candidate for the practice squad where his speed will be used to give these defensive backs a quality look on the scout team.

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