- Davis, who joined the Chargers in this year’s NFL Draft, produced a superb run
- The 23-year-old evaded the Jets defense and sprinted 87 yards for his first TD
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Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Derius Davis got off the mark in style on Monday night as he registered an incredible first career touchdown against the New York Jets.
In the first quarter at MetLife Stadium, Davis produced an incredible 87-yard punt return to open the scoring for the Chargers – the longest punt return in the NFL so far this season.
After they went three and out on their opening drive, LA’s defense managed to hold the Jets to a three and out of their own, meaning veteran punter Thomas Morstead was forced to produce his first of the night.
The ball eventually fell to Davis at the 13 with no defenders in close proximity, before he made a sharp cut through a hole in the center.
After evading several defenders the 23-year-old, who moved to Los Angeles in this year’s NFL draft, powered through to the end zone for his first touchdown.
LA Chargers rookie wide receiver Derius Davis got off the mark in style on Monday night
Davis, 23, registered his first career touchdown with an 87-yard punt return against the Jets
It was a sensational way to open his NFL account, and it also marked the Chargers’ first punt return touchdown since 2019.
The fourth-round draft pick had a long of 26 yards on his 11 punt returns before Monday night and averaged 11.6 yards per return this season.
Los Angeles soon followed up his 87-yard heroics with another touchdown through Austin Ekeler shortly after to extend their lead to 14-0.
Last season, Davis had 42 receptions for 531 yards and five touchdowns for TCU, but his biggest asset is as a return specialist.
He ran back five punts and one kickoff for scores during his college career, including two last season. His 15.0-yard career average on punt returns was third nationally among players with at least 40 returns.
The wide receiver moved to Los Angeles as part of one of the most unlikely trifectas in NFL draft history.
The Chargers became the first team in the common draft era, which began in 1967, to take a quarterback and multiple skill position players from the same school in a single draft by acquiring TCU quarterback Max Duggan in the seventh round.
It began the draft by taking Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston with the 21st overall pick and added Davis in the fourth round.