New York Jets’ UDFA Profile: WR Marcus Davis

May 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Laron Scott (left) and wide receiver Marcus Davis play for pass during the rookie minicamp at the Giants Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Tonight, we go back to the UDFA profiles, but this one is a little bit different. The reason? This one wasn’t an original selection of the Jets. This young man was released by the Giants, and signed by the Jets yesterday. Tonight, we speak of Marcus Davis, WR from Virginia Tech.

MEASURABLES

Marcus Davis stands at 6’3″, and weighs 233 pounds. At the combine, he ran the forty yard dash in 4.56 seconds, and led all performers with 39.5 inch vertical jump. Check out the profile on Marcus from our friends at NFL Mocks.

Here are his career stats:

CAREER STATS RECEIVING RUSHING
SEASON REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
2012 51 953 18.7 85 5 5 72 14.4 26 0
2011 30 510 17.0 63 5 2 -5 -2.5 0 0
2010 19 239 12.6 46 2 1 12 12.0 12 0
2009 5 125 25.0 80 1 1 7 7.0 7 0

There wasn’t much available video, but here is a clip of two long catches from last season:

And here is a clip of an 85 yard TD catch:

PROS: You have to love this guy’s size and speed. 6’3″ is an excellent size for any pro receiver. He can get open, and make people miss with the ball in his hand. The vertical leap we mentioned earlier is evident, you see the ability to make the catch at the top of his jump. He absolutely passes the eye test. He has ability.

CONS: The only real con is the “body catches”. You can see it on the tape, he has a tendency to catch the ball with his body. We saw that how that problem can affect a receiver in the pros, just ask Stephen Hill. If he sticks around, Sanjay Lal will have to help him make sure he catches the ball with his hands.

The Jets need weapons on the outside, and Davis clearly is one. We will see how he does during OTAs and training camp.

Topics: Marcus Davis, New York Jets, Udfa, Virginia Tech

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  • LIJetsFan

    I’ve read a lot on Davis since we signed him. It seems he doesn’t like to block and his route running is not very good. Maybe we’ll get lucky and he can be coached up and make the 53 or at least rate a spot on the PS. All in all a good signing.

    • kilbasar

      Right. There’s actually a LOT of available video on Davis. He has great hands and makes amazing catches sometimes (as seen above), but he’s also lazy with his technique and effort, and pretty much never blocks (was benched for 2 games as a result). I hope Sanjay Lal can turn that around, or his immense talent won’t matter.

      http://deadspin.com/5959914/virginia-tech-receiver-marcus-davis-doesnt-feel-like-blocking-ever

    • TheJetPress

      I can’t disagree with any of that. Can’t hurt to take a flyer on a guy like that at this point.

  • Korwil

    Needs to sharpen up his route running, release, and catching ability to be an NFL WR. Other than that, he has the body to be a physical receiver who can use his size strength and speed to gain separation.

    I liked Marcus Davis before the draft as a potential 7th rd. WR (I prefer the Bohanon pick now) but I’m glad he fell into our arms. If he doesn’t work out, then we’ve lost nothing so this was a good pickup.

    • TheJetPress

      No disagreement with any comment made here. Low risk, high reward, especially at this point.

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