Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davion Davis has been the subject of several transactions in the past couple of days.
Yesterday, Davis was released by the Browns.
#Browns WR Davion Davis, who led the team in receiving this preseason but was suspended the first two games of the regular season, is being released, source said. He’ll now head to waivers, where he should draw interest.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2021
Today, the Browns signed Davis to the practice squad.
WR Davion Davis cleared waivers and is re-signing to the #Browns practice squad, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 21, 2021
GM Andrew Berry signed Davis, 24, over the summer.
He was most recently in the Spring League.
BREAKING: #TSLBlues WR Davion Davis is heading to Cleveland for mini-camp with the @Browns.
Davis finished #TSL2021 with 14 receptions for 223 yards and 2 TDs (including this highlight reel catch in Week 1).
Congrats, @14DDavis!#TSLinNFL pic.twitter.com/eKWpgPgfzF
— The Spring League 🏈 (@TheSpringLeague) June 14, 2021
In 2019, Davis was on the Vikings practice squad.
Davis Did Well In Training Camp
With Anthony Schwartz sidelined with an injury, Davis had more time to shine.
And he did.
He caught his first NFL touchdown in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Davion Davis flies for the @Browns TD! @14DDavis
📺: #CLEvsJAX on @NFLNetwork (or check local listings)
📱: https://t.co/bqQXNtJ0KD pic.twitter.com/BwSqikZB81
— NFL (@NFL) August 15, 2021
His late grandmother was among his biggest fans.
She died in 2011 but predicted Davis would be successful in football from the time he was born.
“When I was born she told my mom, ‘This is going to be the football player of our family. And it turned out to be true.”
When he scored his first NFL touchdown, Davis thought about his grandma.
“It was crazy. That was my first NFL touchdown, so I didn’t know how to celebrate. I just gave my grandma thanks and celebrated with the team. A dream come true honestly.”
Davis’s Suspension Is Behind Him
The two-game suspension was assessed by the NFL for substance abuse violations from his arrest in October 2019.
At the time Davis was a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Davis was stopped for speeding but determined to have alcohol in his system.
Berry, Stefanski, and the rest of the coaching staff knew about the pending suspension upon his return to the NFL.
The suspension only applied to regular-season games which explained why he was able to compete in the preseason.
Will We See Davis In 2021?
It is anyone’s guess.
No one expected Jarvis Landry to go on IR.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s slow return was expected given the severity of his injury and the long timeline for recovery.
That leaves Rashard Higgins along with the younger players Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz, and Demetric Felton to carry the load until OBJ and Landry return.
If all does not go well with this group or more injuries happen, it is possible we could see Davis this season.
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