New York Jets UDFA Profile – Marcus Davis WR

Dalbin Osorio breaks down New York Jets UDFA Marcus Davis, a wide receiver from Virginia Tech

Turn On The Jets will be breaking down all of the New York Jets undrafted free agents, first and second year roster players currently on the roster who you may not be that familiar with. New staff writer Dalbin Osorio continues the series with a look at Virginia Tech receiver Marcus Davis. Give Dalbin a follow on Twitter and a welcome to TOJ!

Name: Marcus Davis

College: Virginia Tech

Position: Wide Receiver

Size: 6’3″, 233 pounds

40 Time: 4.47

Vertical: 39 1/2

College Career – Marcus Davis played both Quarterback and Wide Receiver during his freshman year at Virginia Tech. However, he made the full-time switch from QB to WR due to the play of incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor. Davis suffered a right shoulder injury during spring practices, and had to redshirt his freshman year. Davis saw his playing time increase over the four years he spent at Virginia Tech, and he improved his statistics every year. Marcus Davis went from 0 starts, 5 catches and 125 yards in his freshman (RS) to 2 starts, 19 catches and 239 yards. Marcus’s junior year was another chance for him to improve, and he was able to start eight games and haul in 30 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns. Marcus finally broke through during his senior season as a Hokie by catching 51 passes for 953 yards and five touchdowns, and a yards per catch average of 18.69.

Scouting Report – Scouts raved about Davis’s size and speed combination, as well as his ability to separate from defensive backs. Davis is able to use his body to shield himself from corners, and he has great run after the catch ability. Davis is physical, and shows very good hand placement on deep throws. However, due to a lack of playing time during the first two seasons at VT, Davis is still raw and still has to develop as a run blocker. Davis, also, uses his body to catch the ball during short and intermediate routes. Scouts also pointed out that Davis lacks concentration and is not consistent enough when he is not the primary target.

Where He Fits –  Davis is in competition for the fourth, and possibly fifth, WR spot with UDFAs Ryan Spadola, Zach Rogers, and KJ Stroud as well as Jordan White and Clyde Gates. Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley are firmly entrenched as starters, and Stephen Hill showing flashes of promise last year, but the lack of depth at the Jets’ WR corps after these three is well documented. Davis has a chance to stick on the roster because of his size and ability, and because he runs more polished routes than Stephen Hill at this particular point. Davis is a big target with speed who has gradually improved in a pro-style offense, as opposed to Stephen Hill transitioning from a Triple Option offense at Georgia Tech. Plus, Davis has shown an ability to break tackles and get yards after the catch, which may endear him to a coaching staff trying to run a lot of screens with a rookie QB under center. Davis has a very good chance to make the Final 53 if he picks up the offense during the summer and shows a willingness to improve as a run blocker.


Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

  • Lidman

    Maybe a diamond in the rough. Certainly has the measurables. Hope he has the heart.

  • KAsh

    I am a little worried that the Giants cut him so fast. Then again, they seem to have really good depth at receiver. I just hope that is the reason, and not a lack of effort from Davis.

  • Harold

    I agree KAsh, the Giants cutting him in early May is a red flag. He has talent but seems to lack the heart or effort according to reports. Hopefully getting cut has woken him up, but going undrafted should have done that already. We will see how he does during OTA’s and camp (if he makes it that far).

  • Hokie Dave

    Davis is a stud — the Giants will regret cutting him. He has size, speed and good hands. Sure, his blocking is suspect but, as a receiver, he was double-teamed all-yr and was unstoppable. He’s the next Cotchery — complete steal!

  • Bid Daddy Verb

    Marcus is the Jets next starting wide out, He played with my son in HS and I have followed his career with interest.He is a beast and he’s a better QB than Sanchez…Good Luck Marcus, Go Get Em’