Packers' Trevor Davis missing valuable wide receiver opportunities

Ryan Wood and Tom Silverstein
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis (11) walks along the sideline during an NFL preseason game at Lambeau Field on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis. 
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GREEN BAY – Trevor Davis’ special-teams experience appears to still tether him to the Green Bay Packers' roster, but the third-year receiver hasn’t gotten much opportunity to develop at his position in camp.

Davis hasn’t practiced since before the Packers' annual night practice at Lambeau Field earlier this month because of a hamstring injury that has bothered him throughout the offseason. It’s unclear when he’ll return, but Davis is running out of training-camp reps to solidify his spot in the Packers' offense.

It’s probably premature to consider Davis’ job in jeopardy because the Packers' other young receivers have significantly less experience in special teams. Davis is the Packers' starting punt and kickoff returner, where his speed can be valuable. Still, it should be noted Davis faces steep competition at a position group stocked with young talent, especially when it comes to snaps.

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“Trevor has showed so many promising things at the end of the season,” coach Mike McCarthy said, “I was really looking for him to take off obviously starting No. 1 with returning and then as a receiver. So he’s missed a significant amount of time in the offseason and, again, so far this training camp.”

The Packers go a week until their next practice and only have three remaining until they break camp. McCarthy said it’s crunch time not just for Davis to show what he can do, but all the team’s young players.

“There’s not much work left,” McCarthy said. “This is why (Monday’s) practice is very important, and really try to get through a simulated, normal in-season work week going into the Pittsburgh game, and then we have the long week going into Oakland. So, yes, there’s not much time left in the training-camp environment, because the one thing about training camp, the opportunity to work later into the evening, those extra meetings are critical for the development of your young players.”

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