In a surprising move Wednesday night, the Green Bay Packers traded WR/KR/PR, Trevor Davis, to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 6th round pick in next year’s draft. The move comes just days after Green Bay picked up return man, Tremon Smith off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs. It also comes the same week that rookie and expected punt returner, Darrius Shepherd, is probable to make his debut against the Broncos.
Trevor Davis was drafted 163rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft over guys like Jakeem Grant and Tyreek Hill. Davis was known by Packers fans as having blazing speed and being their big-play return specialist. So far throughout his career he has averaged 11.3 yards per punt return and 22.6 yards per kick return. He has never scored a return touchdown in the 31 games he has played for Green Bay. One of Davis’ biggest issues and the main reason the Packers departed with him, was his inability to stay healthy. Ever since his rookie season, Davis has struggled to stay on the field. In fact, he has played in only 31 out of a possible 50 Packer regular-season games. As a receiver, Davis hasn’t accomplished much in the NFL. For his career, he only has 9 catches, 122 yards, and 1 touchdown.
The Raiders were a perfect match for the Packers when it came to getting rid of Davis. Oakland desperately needs a receiver who can burn down the field and make plays once he has the ball in his hands. The Raiders got to see what Davis can do as a receiver first hand when Green Bay played them in the preseason. In that game, Davis ended up with 5 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. He also included 1 carry for 18 yards. Getting traded to the Raiders is a great opportunity Davis would not have gotten if he remained on the Packers.
As for the Packers, they got a 6th round pick for a player who had dwindling value. Green Bay’s recent 6th round picks have been Dexter Williams, Ka’dar Hollman, Equanimeous St. Brown, Kofi Amichia, and Kyle Murphy. Sure, Trevor Davis was Green Bay’s primary return man, but they have had plans to replace him. Darrius Shepherd will most likely take over the duties as the punt returner while Tremon Smith will be the Packers kick returner. Last season Smith returned kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs and averaged 26.8 yards per return which is 4.2 yards higher than Trevor Davis’ career average.
Trading Trevor Davis stings a little bit as a Packer fan considering he was a fan favorite but he is going to a situation where he can make a bigger name for himself. As for the Packers, they acquired a 6th round pick and already had their two return men of the future in Smith and Shepherd.