Titus Davis signed a free agent contract with the Bears on May 14. The undrafted free agent from Central Michigan was originally signed by the team formerly known as the San Diego Chargers. As a side-note, Davis is the older brother of the Titans’ 2017 number five overall pick Corey Davis.
2016 is where it got interesting for the former Chippewa. According to reports, Davis was retiring from the NFL. Obviously this raises a few red flags about where his heart and mind are at but as a wide receiver, could you really blame him?
Fast-forward to May 14. Davis was invited to the Bears rookie minicamp as a local player, having played his prep ball at Wheaton Warrenville South. Upon his signing, the Bears released Kermit Whitfield, who was a fan favorite as a dark horse candidate to make the team as a kick/punt returner.
On the field, Davis had a prolific career in Mount Pleasant, MI. Having amassed 204 catches for 3,700 yards and 37 touchdowns as a four-year starter. The big knock on Davis at the combine was his speed (4.51 forty-yard dash).
The production on the field, however, cannot be overlooked. Davis has excellent hands and runs routes well. The issue is that he isn’t overly physical, fast or elusive. There is a comp that I see when watching tape and that is Earl Bennett.
Unfortunately for Davis, and every other young wide receiver for that matter, is that the front office has signed a number of veteran receivers this off-season. This is going to make it difficult for an undrafted free agent to make the roster. Davis still has practice squad eligibility, and that is his most likely landing spot.
Experience: 2nd-year pro
Weight: 201 pounds
Contract and salary cap:
Reason for improvement in 2017
I have to imagine that the roller-coaster ride that Davis has been on since signing in 2015 has left him with a chip on his shoulder. His younger brother going fifth overall probably doesn’t hurt either. I would expect Davis to fight for his NFL career in training camp and preseason. Given the fact that he basically retired in 2016, this is probably his last shot at making an NFL roster.
Reason for regression in 2017
With his rather odd decision to retire after spending one year on various practice squads, it stands to reason that Davis doesn’t really have his heart in the game. If he gets buried on the depth chart early in training camp, his history tells us that he may pack it in and decide to put his degree to use instead of his legs.
Final roster odds
If I am Titus Davis, I am not liking my chances to make the 53-man roster. The practice squad on the other hand, is a distinct possibility. Davis is clearly a talented receiver who does everything well but nothing spectacular. There are uses for this type of player, especially if he embraces special teams. If he does make the practice squad, the age and injury history of the Bears current receiving corps is a reason for optimism. I put the roster odds at around 1 percent but his chances to make the practice squad are much greater at about 50/50.
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