Former BYU cornerback Michael Davis was moved to the LA Chargers’ 53-man roster prior to Sunday’s game versus the Dolphins, joining four other BYU players from last year’s team that are on active NFL rosters.
Davis saw limited action in the Chargers 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. With his sub 4.4 speed and length, Davis was able to impress coaches enough to warrant a spot on the active roster.
Many BYU fans may be wondering why Davis was benched after the Mississippi State game if he is good enough to be on an NFL roster. Davis answered this question in the offseason with Ricky Henne of Chargers.com. He told Henne the following about how he became complacent:
“Coming off my junior year I had a good season,” he explained. “But then my senior year, we had a new coaching staff, and I felt I had earned my place. I wasn’t as productive as I should (have been). I wasn’t in my film as much as my first three years, and I went away from my press fundamentals. That wasn’t who I should have been. As a senior on the team I should have been a leader. I wasn’t showing those skills on the field. So after our game against Mississippi State, my coach and I had a talk and he benched me the rest of the season.”
Davis joins Jamaal Williams (Green Bay Packers), Harvey Langi (New England Patriots), Taysom Hill (New Orleans Saints), and Kai Nacua (Cleveland Browns) as members of BYU’s 2016 football that are now on active rosters.
Jamaal finished last night’s game versus the Falcons with 2 carries for 6 yards and 1 catch for 5 yards.
Harvey Langi made the most of his season debut with a booming special teams tackle.
After seeing all these guys on NFL rosters, it’s easier to understand part of the reason why BYU has struggled so much through the first four games of the season. Replacing a NFL quarterback and running back has been much harder than many anticipated.
BYU’s safeties were exposed in the Wisconsin game, a spot where Kai Nacua would have made plays last season.
With so many young guys at key positions for BYU, it may take time before the talent level on the field yields results that are up to par for BYU’s coaching staff and fanbase.