Spotlight Shines on Davis

Wide receiver Craig Davis' chance could come sooner than he expected. Davis, the team's first-round pick out of Louisiana State, will have the spotlight find him after Eric Parker was lost for 10 weeks with a toe injury.

"I think he is going to have an impact," said James Lofton, the team's wide receivers coach and a Hall of Famer. "You watch him, and every day he seems to get a little better and little more confident."

Davis was overshadowed a bit at LSU, what with playing with No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell at quarterback and Dwayne Bowe starting opposite Davis.

While the talented Bowe, who was drafted by the Chiefs, didn't mind tooting his own horn, the more soft-spoken Davis let his play do his talking. Davis exited LSU with 141 receptions, seventh all-time on the school's list.

"He was more outspoken," Davis said of Bowe. "He said a lot and I was kind of the guy who would just try to leave it out there on the field.

"In a way it motivated me to do better. Not actually go out there and prove him wrong -- it's not all about that -- but I'm a competitor."

Davis will get every chance to compete for a starting job. With Parker out, the Chargers are searching for someone to line up opposite Vincent Jackson.

Davis' biggest challenge figures to come from Malcom Floyd, an inviting 6-5 target -- but he has trouble staying fit and on the field.

Kassim Osgood is another candidate, but he's more of a special teams demon.

That leaves Davis as among those expected to make a big push to be Parker's replacement.

"That's why they tell you to practice like a starter because you never know when you name is going to be called," quarterback Philip Rivers said.

The Chargers were ecstatic to call out the 6-1, 202 Davis' on draft day.

"I felt real fortunate that we were able to draft him," Lofton said.


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