Flying Under the Radar: Andre Davis

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When you think about the 2007 version of the Houston Texans, the key players that immediately come to mind are quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Ahman Green, wide receiver Andre Johnson, defensive end Mario Williams, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, linebacker DeMeco Ryans, and cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Those are all guys that the Jaguars must be aware of this week, but there is one other player that has been "flying under the radar" that could make a difference in this game. That player is Andre Davis.

Andre Davis is a talented 28-year old wide receiver who is currently on his fourth NFL team in six years. Coming into this season, Davis had a little mix of everything you would like in a wide receiver, without having the "it factor" that it makes to be a star. Davis isn't short, at 6'1", but he isn't extremely tall like the Jaguars wide receivers. Davis is quick, but he doesn't have sub-4.4 speed that can get him to run away from any corner in the league. Davis had solid hands, but sometimes drops passes. Davis has been explosive in flashes during his career, but hasn't really done enough to stick around anywhere.

It appears that this season Davis has finally found his spot in Houston. Although he's played in just three games, Davis has caught 13 balls for 266 yards and a 20.5 yard per catch average. Those numbers eclipse what he did in the last two years combined, and are just three catches away from his entire 2004 total. Those are the numbers of a big play guy, and that's exactly what Andre Davis is. Although Andre Davis has never started more than eight games in a season, he has had four years which he's caught a pass of 49 yards or better, including 2007. Davis has 15 touchdowns in just 27 career starts, and can change a game on one single route.

When the Jaguars defense lines up against the Texans offense with their dink and dunk passing game, they have to be aware of where Andre Davis is whenever he's on the field. He may be considered the "other Andre" when referring to the Texans wide receivers, but he has caught a pass of 41 yards or better in each game he's played in this season. The deep threat of Davis could be enough to open up the underneath for the Texans passing game, and could lead to the Houston's continued mastery of the Jaguars.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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