Packers should put in a waiver claim for Trevor Davis

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

The Green Bay Packers have a need at wide receiver and on kick and punt returns. Trevor Davis might be able to help.

The Packers traded Trevor Davis to the Oakland Raiders earlier this season, and he then returned to Lambeau Field and made two catches for 26 yards.

Now, his time in Oakland is over. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Raiders have waived Davis. If I’m general manager Brian Gutekunst, I’m putting in a waiver claim.

The Packers are having a historically bad year returning punts, and they need to do something about it. Oddly enough, Davis still leads the Packers in punt return yards this season with one yard from his three returns. He’s the only player above zero. As a team, the Packers have attempted nine punt returns for a total of minus-eight yards.

Davis did a better job with the Raiders on punt returns this season. He returned 13 punts for 111 yards at an average of 8.5 yards per return. Including his returns with both the Packers and Raiders this season, he’s ranked 12th in the NFL. If you take out the three returns he had in Green Bay, he’d be ranked eighth.

Davis might also be able to be used occasionally on offense. Familiarity with the scheme would be no problem as he spent all offseason and training camp with the Packers.

After making a 28-yard catch in the season opener against the Chicago Bears, he didn’t have a catch against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 before he was traded.

With the Raiders, Davis made nine catches for 83 yards. He also had four rushing attempts for 73 yards and a touchdown.

If he returned to Green Bay, he likely wouldn’t see many snaps on offense, but would have the chance to make an impact as a returner. The Packers decided to trade him away for a draft pick earlier in the year, but would they be willing to bring him back?

They should.