Randall Cobb has made it publicly known that he wants to be the Green Bay Packers’ punt returner in 2017, but Trevor Davis might have made that a pipe dream on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
The Packers second-year receiver was electric on his two returns, which included a 68-yard scamper for a touchdown in the first half and a 26-yard jaunt early in the third quarter of Green Bay’s 24-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Packers are only one game into a four-game preseason schedule, but Davis might already have the punt return gig locked up.
His first return demonstrated how deadly he can be in the return game.
Davis caught Donnie Jones’ well-hit punt at the 31-yard line and immediately sidestepped a would-be tackler to his right, before cutting back to his left and waiting for his blocks to form out in front of the return. Once an alley opened, Davis hit the jets – and no one wearing white and midnight green was going to catch No. 11 as he raced down the sidelines.
His 68-yard score wasn’t unlike the 55-yard return he produced against the Atlanta Falcons during the regular season in 2016.
“I thought the blocking was really good,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday night. “We were able to set the wall, and Trevor did an outstanding job. Not only getting vertical, but finishing there when he bounced outside and made the punter miss and scored the touchdown. Well executed play and a great return.”
Davis nearly broke another long return in the second half on Thursday night when he discovered an alley to his right. He…
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