That’s as good a foursome as it gets at wide receiver in the NFL. However, they are far from the only playmakers the Bolts boast at wideout.
Wide receiver may be the deepest position on the roster, and on Saturday night vs. Arizona, Artavis Scott and Geremy Davis emphatically stated their case to play a bigger role in 2018.
After spending all of last season on the practice squad, Scott had a game-high five catches for 44 yards. He also saw time as a returner, fielding three punts and two kickoffs.
“It was awesome just to have the opportunity to go showcase my ability,” Scott said after playing in his first game in nearly a full calendar year. “Coaches putting trust in me to go and play and put us in good situations was huge. It was good for me.”
One play in particular stood out to the former Clemson star.
With the Bolts struggling to get in sync early on, he ran a route at perfect depth to get open just beyond the sticks. Cutting toward the middle of the field, he went down on one knee to haul in a 10-yard bullet from Cardale Jones on 3rd-and-8 for the team’s initial first down of the game.
“It was huge,” he said. “We definitely needed that on that play. It was a big confidence boost for me and a great call by Whiz (Ken Whisenhunt), trusting me to make a play such as that. So it was big.”
Meanwhile, Davis had a game-high 88 yards on four receptions, including an unreal 47-yard touchdown catch in which he showed exactly what he brings to the table. A big-bodied receiver, Davis got deep downfield, jumped over the cornerback to high point the ball and then showed off his brute strength to shed the tackler on his way into the end zone.
Still, Davis was quick to give his teammates most of the credit.
“The O-line did a really great job giving Geno (Smith) time,” he said. “From what I heard, Geno took the snap, had time to look right, look the safety off, then come back my way and then throw it. It gave me time to run my route, get the corner to bite because it was really far off, then it’s all about trust after that. When Geno threw it up, I had to make a play.”
However, rather than celebrate the huge catch after the game, Davis instead lamented being unable to haul in a pass over the middle that was tipped into the air and eventually picked off.
“I’m really strict on myself, so the only thing I want to see is the interception play,” he said. “The interception Geno threw was strictly on me, I’ve got to extend my hands out and pluck that ball away. Geno threw a great ball so that’s really what I’m going to go back and look at and see what I can improve on.”