Packers have traded Trevor Davis to Raiders, per report

Green Bay Packers, Trevor Davis (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Trevor Davis (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Here’s a surprising move: Trevor Davis has reportedly been traded to the Oakland Raiders.

The Green Bay Packers continue to make interesting roster moves. Wide receiver Trevor Davis looked set to see an increased role in the offense back in the preseason, but that won’t be happening now.

According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Davis has been traded to the Oakland Raiders.

While a surprising move, it also makes sense for the Packers. Despite many believing Davis could have a bigger role on offense this year, he only played 15.44 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in the opening two weeks, according to Pro Football Reference. In contrast, he played 74.07 percent of the Packers’ special teams snaps.

But with the Packers claiming Tremon Smith earlier this week, it’s possible they see him taking over the return job moving forward. Smith returned kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs last season, averaging 26.8 yards per return.

Darrius Shepherd also made the roster and has been recovering from a hamstring injury. He impressed on special teams during the preseason. He gives the team another option, and he could also contribute on offense.

This was Davis’ fourth season in Green Bay, and he only had nine receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. He made the roster mostly due to his special teams work, but the Packers may feel they wanted to make a change on punt and kickoff returns.

We don’t yet know what the Raiders gave up for Davis, but my guess would be a late-round draft pick. Still, that’s good business by general manager Brian Gutekunst, especially if he had decided to move on from Davis.

Davis is a talented player and will have another opportunity with the Raiders. He never earned a significant role on offense in Green Bay, so it will be interesting to see how he fits into the Raiders’ plans.