Davis signed a contract with the Cowboys on Thursday, according to the NFL's official transaction log. Davis spent the 2017 season on Atlanta's practice squad and failed to make the team's 53-man roster last season. The 25-year-old is still looking to make his NFL debut after going undrafted out of Georgia in the 2017 draft.
Davis was waived by the Falcons on Saturday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports. After spending 2017 on Atlanta's practice squad, Davis failed to progress to the active roster in his second year out of Georgia. Davis' otherworldly speed could make him an asset on special teams elsewhere, but he struggled mightily as a receiver during the preseason, hauling in just three of 11 targets and dropping multiple passes in the Falcons' final exhibition game against Miami on Thursday.
Davis failed to record a reception despite being targeted on six occasions during Thursday night's 34-7 preseason loss to the Dolphins. The second-year speedster out of Georgia severely disappointed in what may have been the most vital game of his young NFL career to this point, dropping a number of passes and appearing timid at times when running routes over the center of the field. On the opening play of the second half, Kurt Benkert targeted Davis on a slant over the middle, but the pass deflected off the receiver's hands and into the awaiting arms of Dolphins safety Jordan Lucas. Davis' remarkable quickness and athleticism could play a role in him sneaking onto the roster as a special teams contributor, but his performance as a pass-catcher was abysmal during the preseason -- three receptions on 11 targets for 18 yards.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn suggested Tuesday that Davis could compete for the starting slot-receiver role in training camp, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports. "[Davis and fellow competitor Marvin Hall] would have to add value on special teams," Quinn said. "The guy who is going to be our third receiver I bet plays close to 40 percent of the snaps, so they'll have a significant role offensively." The opening at slot receiver was created earlier this month when Taylor Gabriel signed with the Bears on a lavish deal. Given that Hall only has eight games of NFL experience and Davis was a practice-squad player last season, it's likely that the Falcons will add further competition for the role via free agency or the draft. Even so, the fact that Davis merely gets to compete for a starting role suggests that the Falcons think highly of him.
Davis signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Monday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Davis spent a better part of the 2017 season off NFL rosters, but the 5-foot-11, 170-pound wideout will get another shot with the Falcons for the 2018 campaign. The Falcons have plenty of talent at receiver with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, so Davis may have to find a spot on special teams to garner a roster spot.
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