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Craig Davis: Top pick not taking it easy on self

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  1. Thread_Killer

    Thread_Killer Well-Known Member

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    Here is a cool article about my future "Adopt a Charger" Craig Davis:

    Top pick not taking it easy on self


    By Kevin Acee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    August 1, 2007

    Craig Davis appears so far to be so much of what the Chargers hoped for, a difficult thing to be as a rookie receiver in the first week of NFL training camp.
    He is versatile and fast, smooth catching the ball and smart about knowing where to be on the field.

    Philip Rivers has gone out of his way to praise the kid, the Chargers' first pick in April's draft.

    “What's impressed me is his ability to get better practice to practice,” Rivers said. “That's when you know. He has a lot of football intelligence. He breaks the huddle with confidence. He knows what to do.”

    Off the field, Davis is quiet and polite, even stoic. His face betrays nothing – until one topic is brought up. Then, he practically sneers.

    “He can't stay healthy,” Davis says. His tone is mocking, disgusted.

    The Chargers thought Davis had the best hands among receivers in this year's draft. He might have been the fastest receiver in the draft, having run 4.37 in the 40-yard dash with a bad groin back in March. He is big enough, at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds.

    But the knock – and there is always a knock – was that he didn't play through nagging injuries, wasn't tough enough to be an impact player in the NFL.


    “I didn't miss games,” Davis said. “I never broke a bone. I never tore a ligament.”

    For a kid who supposedly doesn't like to push through the inevitable pain of being a football player, Davis sure was tough this spring.

    Davis injured his groin returning a punt for LSU in the Sugar Bowl and then aggravated it his first day training in January. Still, working with renowned trainer Tom Shaw in a group that included eventual No. 2 pick Calvin Johnson and No. 6 pick LaRon Landry, he had to be told to take it easy.

    “He was running as fast . . . as anybody I had, and he was at 80 to 85 percent,” Shaw said. “He's really a good worker.”

    Still, alarms began to sound here when Davis sat out almost all of the offseason practices as the groin healed. Then on Monday, he sat out with knee tendinitis.

    Yesterday, after practicing hard (and extremely well), he dismissed Monday's absence as nothing.

    “It's a learning process,” he said. “I have to trust my body.”

    As they have all along, the Chargers seem only enamored with Davis.

    “We got a really good football player,” receivers coach James Lofton said. “And I know that sounds cliché. But he's smart. And I think he's tough physically.”

    He certainly has been making catches. He makes them on the run and in traffic. He is the personification of soft hands, making most catches appear effortless as he guides the ball in for a landing.

    He also catches punts with a gentle authority, and the Chargers are going to test him returning in the preseason. Davis averaged 12.9 yards on 11 returns as a senior.

    Of course, returning is a job in which players take some hard hits. Davis shrugged at that.

    Shaw noted the lack of rest rookies get as they prepare for the draft and then their first pro season. He said that can make trying to get over an injury practically impossible.

    “The thing about (Davis) is he went through a long season and got hurt in his bowl game,” Shaw said. “Then he's training for the 40-yard dash, which is not good for a kid recovering from an injury. He has not had an offseason to let it recover. He might struggle this whole year before he can have an offseason to rest.”

    So far, there has been little struggle. And Davis believes he has no room for one.

    “I'm supposed to be 100 percent,” he said. “There's an expectation. They picked me in the first round for a reason. . . . (An injury) is no excuse. What they expect...


    Go to the UT for the entire article.
     
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  2. Steve

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    That is actually the best article I have read about him. We knew that he was fast. We knew that he has skills. We know he will be a nice compliment to the other guys. But does he have the mental toughness to step up and contribute? I like the tone of what was said about him.

    The other camp reports about him catching everything in sight is not bad either.
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

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    and from what i've heard he's really stepped it up in training camp. He looked real impressive on saturday and monday
     
  4. WonderSlug

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    If that is true that CD ran that 4.37 while only at 85%, then he's likely the fastest WR we've ever drafted. Throw in the magnetic suction-cup hands he's known for and we've got our future, bona-fide, #1 WR.
     
  5. Thread_Killer

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    I didn't realize that Davis was THAT fast. He's also intelligent, loves to play football, and I like that he has a chip on his shoulder, a little bit of an arrogant streak.

    It is also a blessing in disguise that Parker's ********* is preventing him from getting out on the field. Davis is getting more reps against the first team defense. :tup:
     
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  6. LittleTrain

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    :icon_rofl:

    Good to see Davis and his attitude. Put this attitude in Rashan Woods and he might still be in the league instead of bass fishing right now.
     
  7. oldschool1

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    Bass fishing? Thought Woods was working at Popeyes? :)

    Yeah CD is a prime example of what type of players AJ brings to our team. It's his time to shine.

    Oldie Out
     
  8. Ride The Lightning

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    Davis will be either our #2 or #3 behind Jackson/Floyd.

    CD's got great hands and he's fast. All 3 times I went to TC he stood out to me along with Cromartie.
     
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    AJ and team sure now how to pickem! :abq2:

    Great article!
     
  10. 17Rocks

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    I've got a sneaking suspicion that AJ has had his eye on this guy for a while and started a rumor (through his extensive network of minions) that Davis is injury prone just to scare other teams away and allow Davis to slide down to the Chargers in the draft.




























    hey, it could happen:yes:
     
  11. Kev

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    :)

    I'm so glad to hear Davis is doing well. Perhaps with this the Bolts will have that little something extra to make the Offense almost impossible to defend against. Scoring at will sounds so sweet right now.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised


    not one bit!!!!

    :lol:
     
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    Along with Chandler and our pickup of Davis makes this a good draft. Our offense seems to have improved a lot and there are a lot more threats on the field. Also nice to have some depth in case our good receivers get injured. Greg Camirillo and Osgood aren't what I really call depth.
     
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    Parker better get healthy real quick or he may be the odd man out.
     
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    Kid is looking pretty strong so far.

    But are we sure his nickname isn't Buckwheat rather than Buster? I see some separated at birth action there.
     
  16. HEXEDBOLT

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    I have to agree with you on that, Parker may just be on his way out.:bolt:
     
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    very much doubt it - my guess is he'll be dropped to a slot receiver spot which is what most people think he'd be best at.
     
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    I don't think Parker is going anywhere, dude works too hard and is very reliable. he had a bad game in the playoffs, but that does not wipe out everything he brings to the field. Seeing him in the slot with VJ and Floyd wide and gates and LT on the field... it's pick your poison for opposing defenses:yes:
     
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    Be interesting to see him up against Alworth in his prime. He is the fastest seen in these parts for some time. He's liable to move Eric Parker down a notch in the depth chart. Jackson, Floyd, Davis, LT and Gates are going a target rich environment. Stacking the box against the run will be very risky against our offense now, especially with Rivers accuracy and an offensive line that can protect. Then there's Manumaleuna, a guy who will likely be uncovered no matter what the defensive scheme. Add the occasional toss to Lorenzo, the odd H-back pattern to Naanee, the ever present threat of a a reverse, screens and oops, I almost forgot. We do have a running game. Imagine that. 6-0, then a brief rest.
     
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    You're right. Parker is going nowhere, but I think he's going to see a little less time on the field, especially if Jackson and Floyd emerge emerge farther. If we spread the field with four wide outs or flood a zone once in a while we will be driving people nuts.
     

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