Oregon Football: Daewood Davis Signs with Carolina Panthers

The former Oregon football and UFL star is getting another crack in the NFL but still has to prove he belongs with the best in Carolina's training camp as well as preseason games.
Showboats’ Daewood Davis (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the UFL game between the San Antonio Brahmas and Memphis Showboats in Simmons Liberty Bank Stadium in Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, April 6, 2024.
Showboats’ Daewood Davis (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the UFL game between the San Antonio Brahmas and Memphis Showboats in Simmons Liberty Bank Stadium in Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, April 6, 2024. / Chris Day/The Commercial Appeal / USA

It's not very often that a player gets a second chance at cracking an NFL roster after leaving the league for say the Canadian Football League or, in Daewood Davis' case, the growing United Football League.

That second chance has arrived.

The Carolina Panthers signed the 25 year-old wide receiver who last played for the Memphis Showboats during their 2024 UFL campaign. He was named to the All-UFL team after recording 446 receiving yards (seventh most in the league) and five receiving touchdowns (second most in the league).

After going undrafted in the 2023 NFL Draft, Davis signed with the Miami Dolphins but was waived during the preseason due to an in-game injury as the team's roster was being cutdown for Week 1.

Daewood Davis (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the UFL game between the Brahmas and Showboats
Showboats’ Daewood Davis (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the UFL game between the San Antonio Brahmas and Memphis Showboats in Simmons Liberty Bank Stadium in Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, April 6, 2024. / Chris Day/The Commercial Appeal / USA

Before his professional career started, Davis was with Oregon (2017-2020) before he transferred to Western Kentucky (2021-2022) for his last two collegiate seasons. He didn't get a ton of snaps while with the Ducks. In fact, he got switched to cornerback at one point during the 2019 fall camp.

At Western Kentucky, Davis was named to the Biletnikoff Watch List and was later recognized as a 2022 Conference USA Honorable Mention. He finished his two seasons with the Hilltoppers with 106 receptions for 1,625 yards and 15 touchdowns between.

The Carolina Panthers are gearing up for training camp as we speak. The roster currently sits around 90 players and needs to be cut down to 53 before Carolina's first regular season game on September 8 at the New Orleans Saints.


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