Gabe Davis outlines several reasons Jaguars were his choice in free agency

• WR Gabe Davis heard good things about the Jags before signing.
Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA;  Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis (13) runs along a
Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis (13) runs along a / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars wasted no time signing wide receiver Gabe Davis during the tampering period. Once the new league year began, they announced his signing and formally introduced him one day later.

Davis said during his introductory press conference that signing with the Jags was an easy choice. A Fernandina Beach native, he wanted to return to Florida after playing at UCF. The fact that wide receivers coach Chad Hall, his position coach with the Buffalo Bills, was in Jacksonville also played a role. Of course, the prospect of catching passes from Trevor Lawrence was also intriguing.

"Chad's like family. I was with him for three years in Buffalo," Davis told the media. "Again, family first thing, no matter if I was here somewhere else, I still talk to Chad on the regular. So he's definitely a dear, dear friend of mine. I was also able to have some friends that's been through here and also played here."

"Christian Kirk, I know Zay Jones and I've talked to Trevor [Lawrence] before, by being able to get some real insight on, how this place is run on and how this is a great place to be. One of my buddies, Jacob Harris, who I played at UCF with was here for a short while, and he gave us some really good insight on Jacksonville is the place to be and you'll be happy here. So I had some good some good people to tell you some good things so much. Isn't that easy?"

Davis told the media he thought Calvin Ridley was going to be in Jacksonville but also knew there was a chance he was going to level. Nevertheless, he's happy he signed with the Tennessee Titans, noting that he's "a great player and a great person".

A fourth-round pick in 2020, Davis has appeared in 64 games with 47 starts, hauling in 163 receptions for 2,730 yards with 27 touchdowns. While those numbers may not pop off the stat sheet, his 16.7 yard-per-catch average shows he's got a penchant for getting deep, a skill that will be welcomed in Jacksonville. Here's a clip of Gabe Davis meeting Trevor Lawrence.

And here's Davis talking about the reasons he signed with the Jags.

Gabe Davis gives the Jaguars offense a deep threat

As Gabe Davis noted, there was a chance he was going to play alongside Calvin Ridley. The Jacksonville Jaguars made a strong effort to re-sign him once free agency started but they couldn't match the offer he got from their division foes.

But even without Ridley, Davis should be able to have an impact in Jacksonville. His ability to get deep should draw coverage away from Christian Kirk and Evan Engram. Of course, offensive coordinator Press Taylor will need to get creative and get most of his personnel, but Davis will give him another weapon to work with.

Even after losing Calvin Ridley, the Jaguars' offense looks in good shape. If Gabe Davis lives up to expectations, he should lessen the impact of his departure.

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