For wide receivers, it’s clearly important to build rapport and chemistry with their quarterback, but it’s equally as important to build the same within the position group.
Even though he’s entering his fourth season in the league and third with the Chargers, Geremy Davis says he is continuing to build that chemistry and learn from the elite receivers around him.
“I'm in (a room) with all these talented receivers,” Davis said. “We just do a good job (of) being a service to one another, and just helping each other get better. I'm really grateful to have guys like Keenan (Allen), Tyrell (Williams) and Travis (Benjamin) in there. (They are) guys who are experienced to help develop my game at the wide receiver position.”
Notably during training camp, Davis made a stellar one-handed catch in the back of the end zone. He continued riding that success into the first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, where Davis leapt up for a 47-yard touchdown catch.
However, if he wants to secure a spot on the roster, Davis knows he’s going to have to step up his game on special teams. Head Coach Anthony Lynn said last year Davis was focused on learning the playbook. Now that he’s more comfortable, the wide receiver is spending more time focusing on special teams.
“Offensive guys — they run down the field making space, (not) making tackles — they don’t do that for a living,” Lynn said. “It’s a skill set they have to learn and no one works harder at that than Geremy, I’ll tell you that right now.”
Davis noted that he’s starting to get a better handle on being more than just a wide receiver. He showcased his blocking skills during the second preseason game against the Seahawks, freeing up space for JJ Jones to return a punt for a touchdown. He also got close to blocking a pair of punts.
“I've been on kickoff running the one and two spots,” Davis said. “I've actually been going on the left wing in punt (coverage). Coach (George) Stewart has been doing a good job coaching me up on all those phases. I think that is what is enhancing (my production) more this year than last year. I got really good feedback last game, which really helped boost my confidence. I have to be consistent, make sure to do the same things.”
Still, Davis is a wide receiver above all else. To that end, Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt gave him high praise after the Cardinals game, living up to the standard set by Allen, Williams and Benjamin.
“They set the standard as far as being able to play different positions, doing a lot of different tasks,” Whisenhunt noted. “When you have a guy like Geremy exposed to that, you better adapt to what they do or you're going to stand out in a negative way. He's done that (adaption). He has worked hard. He is a guy that you always see on the field after (practice) working on things. He's always in the office trying to get better. It's good to see him make some plays in a game like that and see that hard work pay off for him."
Lynn echoed Whisenhunt’s sentiments.
“He’s taken that to the field,” Lynn said. “I think Geremy has reached that point in his career where he’s going to do it or he’s not, and right now he’s doing it.”
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