You can’t fault Corey Davis’ effort.
The former Tennessee Titans wide receiver sustained a shoulder injury Thursday during organized team activities (OTAs) with his new club, the New York Jets. Friday, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews was scheduled to review Davis’ scans after team doctors’ initial impression that the issue is not a serious one.
Davis was hurt when he leapt to catch a pass and landed on his shoulder, according to an NFL.com report.
Offseason injuries are nothing new for the player the Titans selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Davis sustained a hamstring issue just days into his first training camp and missed that year’s entire preseason slate. A reoccurrence of that injury sidelined him for five games early that season.
In four seasons, he has played in just four preseason contests and caught two passes.
The expectation is that Davis will be the Jets’ No. 1 wide receiver in 2021, a role he claimed just once with Tennessee. That was in 2018, when he led the team with 65 receptions, 891 yards and four touchdowns. He lost that role – and effectively became expendable – during 2019 to then-rookie A.J. Brown but had his best season to date in 2020 with 65 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns. However, an undisclosed injury knocked him from the wild card playoff loss to Baltimore and forced him to remain on the sideline for Tennessee’s final offensive possession.
“Clearly, if Corey was able to finish that football game, he would have,” coach Mike Vrabel said following that contest. “He would have tried everything that he could have done to help us win. That wasn’t going to be a possibility at that time.”
Davis was a free agent this offseason because the Titans declined to exercise their fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets early in the signing period.