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.