By GERARDO RECINOS
It’s been a long road for Trevor Davis, but over the past weekend, everything he worked for at in Pop Warner football, Alhambra High School, Hawaii and UC Berkeley came to its pinnacle.
The rookie wide receiver was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but on Saturday the big news emerged out of Green Bay that Davis was on the 53-man roster and is listed at the wide receiver position.
There was a small bit of doubt that Davis would make the roster floating about on Green Bay Packer fan blogs. Davis’ possible addition to the roster garnered excitement, but a shoulder injury late in the preseason put his spot in jeopardy. Davis injured his shoulder after landing on it in the fourth preseason game for the Packers, and although he has returned to practice, the severity of that injury is unknown.
However, his injury happened to coincide with injuries to the foreseen front-runner for the “No. 1 spot” on the receiving corps depth chart in veteran Jordy Nelson. Nelson tore his ACL last season and didn’t feature in a single preseason game. But word from Packers coach Mike McCarthy indicates Nelson is ready to go for the Sunday league opener.
That, coupled with Jeff Janis’ broken hand and the fact that Davis’ injury doesn’t appear significant makes it easier to foresee the rookie 23-year-old Alhambra alum suited up Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it’s possible that the Packers will choose to sit him out and make sure his shoulder is fully healed.
Regardless of whether he plays Sunday or not, for a few more weeks there will be a couple of extra Cheeseheads with their eyes on Green Bay. Where some 2,200 miles away from E Street and Alhambra High School, the first Bulldog football player to take the field as an NFL pro will be, ready for his time to shine.