Austin Davis

Austin Davis Joins Seahawks Staff

The Seahawks recently announced several changes to their coaching staff, and perhaps the most notable was the addition of former NFL quarterback Austin Davis as an offensive assistant. Davis hadn’t formally announced his retirement after being cut by the Titans earlier this month, but it’s now to safe assume he’s ended his playing career.

A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi, Davis bounced around during his seven-year career, spending time with the Rams (two stints), Dolphins, Browns, Broncos, Seahawks, and Titans. All told, Davis appeared in 16 total games, with his most significant action coming with St. Louis in 2014. That year, he started eight contests, completing 63.4% of his passes for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Last season, Davis was on call at various points for the Titans, signing with the club when fellow quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert suffered injuries. Davis spent the 2017 campaign as Russell Wilson‘s backup in Seattle, and the Seahawks’ coaches were apparently impressed enough by his football acumen to add him to the staff.

In addition to hiring Davis, the Seahawks also promoted Steve Shimko from offensive assistant to assistant quarterbacks coach and hired assistant wide receivers coach Brad Idzik.

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Titans Cut QB Austin Davis

The Titans have cut reserve quarterback Austin Davis, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Davis was signed prior to the team’s Week 17 game when Marcus Mariota was sidelined by injury. 

Blaine Gabbert wound up starting, and finishing, the Titans’ final game of the season The 33-17 Colts romp vanquished the Titans’ playoff hopes, meaning that Davis never took a snap in Tennessee.

Davis, 30 in June, has 16 career games and ten starts under his belt. He’s 3-7 in those starts, with the bulk of his action coming in 2014 as a member of the Rams. Ex-Rams QBs Nick Foles and Case Keenum found success outside of the organization, but Davis is still waiting for his moment to shine.

In addition to the Rams, Davis has suited up for the Browns and Seahawks. However, he did not take a snap while in Seattle in 2017.

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Marcus Mariota’s Week 17 Status Uncertain; Titans To Sign Austin Davis

Going into their do-or-die Week 17 assignment, the Titans are again unsure about the availability of their starting quarterback.

Marcus Mariota was forced out of Saturday’s win over the Redskins with an elbow injury. Although Mike Vrabel said Monday (via Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com) this is a stinger and not the same injury that forced Mariota to miss time earlier this season, he did not commit to his starter being ready to face the Colts in the NFL’s 2018 regular-season finale.

The Titans did not provide much information on Mariota’s previous injury, one that did not subside quickly and forced the fourth-year passer to wear a glove on his throwing hand during the season’s first half. Vrabel did say Mariota feels better the Monday after this setback compared to his state following the Week 1 injury.

The team is taking precautions, however, with Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reporting (via Twitter) Austin Davis will sign with Tennessee. This is a similar course of action to the Mariota-related strategy the Titans took in September. Davis signed with the Titans in late September but was released two weeks later. He does not have practice squad eligibility remaining, per McCormick.

Mariota may be limited this week, but Vrabel said that would not stop him from playing. Blaine Gabbert would start if Mariota cannot go.

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Titans Release QB Austin Davis, WR Nick Williams

The Titans shuffled their offensive depth chart today. The team announced that they’ve released wide receiver Nick Williams and quarterback Austin Davis. Linebacker Robert Spillane has been promoted from the practice squad to take the open roster spot.

After being released by the Titans in early September, Williams rejoined the organization later that month. The 27-year-old proceeded to appear in a pair of games for Tennessee, returning four punts for 47 yards. He got some action on offense during Sunday’s loss to the Bills, dropping a pass that likely would have resulted in a touchdown.

The former undrafted free agent out of Connecticut has managed to stick around the NFL since 2013, and he hauled in 17 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns with the Falcons in 2015. The move leaves the Titans with only four wideouts on the active roster, and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson will likely resume his role as the primary punt returner.

Davis was brought in last month after backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert was placed into the concussion protocol. The 29-year-old didn’t end up seeing the field during his brief tenure in Tennessee. Davis’ only extended run as a starting quarterback came with the Rams in 2014, when he completed 63.4-percent of his passes for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. The move leaves the Titans with only a pair of quarterbacks in Gabbert and starter Marcus Mariota.

Spillane, an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan, had spent the first five weeks on the Titans practice squad. He led the team with 25 tackles during the preseason.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/2/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

  • T Andrew Nelson (link)

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/25/18

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad decisions:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Denver Broncos

  • Signed: P Colby Wadman
  • Cut: DL Niles Scott

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

  • Cut: C Marcus Henry

Tennessee Titans

Titans To Sign QB Austin Davis

The Titans are signing free agent quarterback Austin Davis, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Davis will provide veteran insurance with Blaine Gabbert in the concussion protocol and Marcus Mariota nursing an elbow injury.

The expectation remains that Mariota will be ready to face the Eagles on Sunday, especially after he came in for Gabbert over the weekend. But, with Gabbert’s status up in the air, the Titans wanted another QB ready in reserve. If Mariota’s elbow trouble flares up again, it’s possible that Davis could be thrown into live action against the defending champs.

The Titans’ passing offense has been inconsistent through three games, but they’ve managed to jump out to a 2-1 record after wins against a pair of divisional rivals. The Titans hope that Mariota will regain his footing on Sunday, and they certainly hope that they won’t have to put Davis on the field.

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/7/18

Here are Friday’s minor moves:

Jacksonville Jaguars 

  • Waived from injured reserve: WR Tevaun Smith

Minnesota Vikings

  • Waived from injured reserve: OL Josh Andrews, RB Mack Brown, DB Craig James

New England Patriots

  • Waived from injured reserve: TE Will Tye

New York Giants

  • Waived from injured reserve: S Darian Thompson

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Waived: S Tre Sullivan

Seattle Seahawks

  • Waived: CB Simeon Thomas
  • Waived from injured reserve: CB Byron Maxwell, LB Erik Walden, QB Austin Davis

Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC North teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Chicago Bears

Signed:

Cut:

Placed on injured reserve:

Detroit Lions

Claimed:

Cut:

Practice squad:

Green Bay Packers

Practice squad:

Minnesota Vikings

Claimed:

Cut:

Practice squad:

Seahawks Move Roster To 53

Placed on NFI:

Placed on injured reserve:

Cut: