Bills WR Gabriel Davis has Josh Allen’s trust: ‘He consistently makes plays’


The Buffalo Bills have spent a lot of money and draft assets on the wide receiver position in the last few years, and for good reason.

The Bills have an offense that runs through their wide receivers, targeting them at all levels of the field and deploying them in unique ways. While much of the attention is drawn to Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley for their high production, and there’s a lot of well-deserved hype for new addition Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis seems to be someone who gets a little lost in the wide receiver shuffle.

But he wasn’t lost in the shuffle on Saturday.

Davis showed up strong in Buffalo’s preseason finale, catching all five of his targets for 75 yards and a touchdown. He was oft-targeted by Josh Allen, who praised the receiver while talking to reporters after the game.

“Yeah I mean, Gabe, he’s one of those guys who has learned from guys like Stef and Cole, and John Brown, now from E[mmanuel],” Allen said. “Just does things the right way, he practices hard, and in the game he’s just so reliable, you know he always is where he’s supposed to be, and he goes in there and digs out safeties in the run game, he makes plays on offense when he’s asked to make plays.

“For a young guy who’s going into his second year, it feels like he’s been in the league for a long time, he’s got a natural, calm presence to him as well, he’s a guy you have a lot of trust in, and I have a lot of trust in. He consistently makes plays, and to be in his type of role where he’s not asked to be the number one, not really the number two, but when his name is called, he makes them. He’s got so much potential and I’m excited to see him grow this year, and he’s going to be a good for this offense, and good for this team for a long time.”

As Allen mentioned, Davis has earned trust from him and the coaching staff. His reliability has been extremely valuable for this offense, and his strength as a blocker allows Brian Daboll to move him around the formation as they did last year.

These are the types of comments you expect to hear about a seasoned veteran, not about a second-year player who had to go through an extremely unusual first two seasons of his NFL career due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all the challenges that it brought. It’s a testament to Davis’ work ethic and talent that he is in this position to be a major part of a top-tier NFL offense.

Even beyond that, it’s clear how much the Bills value Davis and his skillset given that they signed a free agent in Emmanuel Sanders, who is also expected to play a big role in this offense, but Davis’ role and importance do not appear to be diminished by Sanders’ presence.

Davis brings something different to the table, as each of the top four Bills receivers do, and he will continue to shine in this offense for years to come.