GREEN BAY - Rookie wide receiver Trevor Davis ripped through the first few days of training camp with a highlight reel that included, among other things, a number of receptions on passes thrown by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. His ridiculous one-handed grab along the sideline might still lay claim to the best play of the young season.
Phase one complete.
Davis began the introduction to phase two when the Packers moved to padded practices after two days in helmets and shorts. Predictably, questions arose regarding Davis’ size and durability. He stands 6-1 but weighs just 189 pounds.
“It’s been that way since I was in high school,” said Davis, who weighed just 156 pounds as a senior at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California. “People have always wondered that. You just have to go out there and do your best in the game.”
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Davis’ play dipped slightly following the introduction of pads on July 28. His number of explosive plays decreased, though the steadiness of his hands remained. And, in the interest of fairness, it would have been nearly impossible for him to continue at the pace he displayed early in camp.
Which is why Davis said he’s excited for an opportunity to face a new set of corners with no restrictions on contact, and the full-contact games represent the beginning of phase three.
“Football is football, it’s the same thing,” Davis said. “You’re going to get hit no matter what. It’s more just finally getting out there and finally getting to get hit. Finally having that feeling and getting back into full football.”
His goal this weekend is to begin demonstrating the consistency Rodgers and the coaches crave.
“Just to prove that you can be reliable,” Davis said. “Getting that reliability factor and knowing that even though you can do it in practice, you can also do it in the game. The lights and the crowd doesn’t just make you a different player. You’re the same player you are in practice as you are in the games.”