Andre 2008: Free Agent

If the Jaguars intend to upgrade their wide receiving corps with some more "second tier" type of talent, a player that's currently available is one that the Jaguars and their fans saw twice last season and made an impact. That receiver is of course the Houston Texans free agent, Andre Davis.

Andre Davis is a talented 28-year old wide receiver who has played for four NFL teams 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. Davis can't be any team's savior at wide receiver, but he could make a dangerous addition.

Andre Davis put together a nice season last year in Houston, as he was a perfect compliment to the Texans Pro Bowl receiver, Andre Johnson. Despite starting just eight games, and clearly not being the Texans number one receiver option, Davis caught 33 balls for 583 yards and a 17.7 yard per catch average. Those numbers eclipse what he did in the last three years combined, and mark the third-highest total of his career, while starting just half the season. That yards per catch average resembles that of a big play guy, and that's exactly what Andre Davis is. Although 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 21 touchdowns in just 27 career starts, and can change a game on one single route.

Perhaps Davis' most dangerous skill is his kickoff return ability. There's nothing that changes momentum in a football game like a long kickoff return, and Davis has rejuvenated his career from it. He ranked second in the NFL in kickoff returns with a 30.3 yard per return average including three kickoff return touchdowns this year, two of which came against the Jaguars in the regular season finale.

Andre Davis could be an affordable option for the Jaguars in free agency, as he will likely not demand a huge payday. Davis is a legitimate deep threat that seems to be getting better with more playing time, and he could bring the Jaguars special teams up to an entirely new level. So what would the ramifications be if the Jaguars do indeed go after and sign Davis? It could likely mark the end of the line for Dennis Northcutt or Matt Jones in Jacksonville, as Northcutt is due nearly $4 million in 2008, and Jones has been in Jack Del Rio's doghouse for much of the time he's been a Jaguar. It will be interesting to see if the Jaguars make a move.


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