After Ty Smith opted to transfer this past spring, Jordan Davis became an even bigger commodity on a depth chart that would suddenly feature only two returning tight ends. However, with Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome slated to get a majority of the reps this fall, Davis’s name hasn’t been heard nearly as much this off-season.
That said, it’s never a bad thing to see what the future holds, and with Rome nursing a minor injury, Davis has received a little extra attention from the coaching staff and, so far, he’s shown some skills.
…Jordan is kind of like Brice, he comes from a Wing-T and some of this stuff is foreign to these guys so it’s an adjustment,” Bobo said. “But anytime you get reps over and over, it’s going to help him and it’s going to help him in the long run. Right now he’s swimming, lost and thinking he’s never going to get it, but we’re pleased with him how he’s coming along. Now, there are things he needs to smooth out. He’s raw in a lot of areas but we believe because of his effort and size, he’s going to be a good player.” (Anthony Dasher, Rivals)
I don’t expect to see Davis on the field this season, barring something catastrophic happening on the depth chart; for all the potential he possesses, he’s still got a ways to go as far as developing better pass catching skills (he still allows the ball into his body a bit more than you’d), and route running ability.
Even so, it’s always nice to know what a player can do should the worse-case-scenario play out and you are forced to burn a redshirt before you’re ready.
My personal opinion of Davis is that, right now, he’s probably more comfortable blocking than catching; and I believe his capability as an in-line blocker will be his biggest contribution early on. That said, he’s got better than average speed and has shown an ability to get up the field and make plays as a receiving option, so he could become an offensive weapon eventually.
His best asset right now is time. Time to learn, time to develop, and time to get comfortable. If he’s able to get that, he should be fine.