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Gabriel Davis: The Next WR2

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Buffalo Bills third-year WR Gabriel Davis has shown plenty of flashes of what he can do in this offense. However, he was stuck behind veterans such as John Brown and Emmanuel Sanders throughout his first two seasons, leaving him with a minimal role. Since he’s been hiding in the shadows, all we can do is speculate about his full potential. If Davis does reach that potential, he could be a top-tier WR2 in this league and a very reliable WR for Allen for many years. So, what could that look like for the rest of the offense?

Davis had a good first two seasons in the league. He recorded 599 yards and 7 TDs as a rookie and 549 yards and 6 TDs in his second year. Based on his average yards per reception (17.1 and 15.7 respectively), it’s safe to say he will fill the deep threat role. Meanwhile, Dawson Knox and Jamison Crowder would primarily work the middle of the field. When that happens, that should give Davis the much deserved action he’ll receive.

In 2020, Stefon Diggs’ first year with the Bills, a lot of people didn’t know exactly how good he would be in this offense. In a way, Davis is the same. We haven’t seen a lot of him on the field. But when we have, good things have happened. With an expanded role this year and Diggs likely to command most of the attention, it’s safe to say Davis’ production will go up significantly. (Last year’s Divisional Round playoff game showed where things might be trending in Davis’ career.) If that’s the case, Josh Allen will have four elite weapons as the team pushes for a Super Bowl.

NFL Stats on Twitter: “Most receiving yards in a playoff game…Eric Moulds – 240Anthony Carter – 227TY Hilton – 224Reggie Wayne – 221Steve Smith Sr – 218Jerry Rice – 215Calvin Johnson – 211Demaryius Thomas – 204Gabriel Davis – 201Tom Fears – 198 / Twitter”

Most receiving yards in a playoff game…Eric Moulds – 240Anthony Carter – 227TY Hilton – 224Reggie Wayne – 221Steve Smith Sr – 218Jerry Rice – 215Calvin Johnson – 211Demaryius Thomas – 204Gabriel Davis – 201Tom Fears – 198

He has also already received high praise from people around him.

“His habits, he is serious about football… Even his eyes. I mean, he’s got that look, the eye of the tiger. I’ll go to war with Gabe Davis any day of the week.”

GM Brandon Beane on Gabriel Davis (April, 2022)

With Emmanuel Sanders out of the picture and nobody poised to battle him in training camp or steal targets during the season, Davis has a clear path to the WR2 position. Once that happens, we should see a completely different Gabriel Davis. If all goes well, the Buffalo Bills could have two 1,000 yard receivers this season and possibly beyond. With Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, and Jamison Crowder as Allen’s top three wideouts, the Bills offense should be in good hands for many years.

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  1. Body composition connoisseur

    June 23, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    I noticed he added some size and he looks slow coming out of his cuts. You think the potential lack of separation can thwart his potential breakout ? Maybe too much thigh is a bad thing, so some.

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