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Vontae Davis: "It's Just a Good Organization, a Brotherhood"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Indianapolis concluded one major component of its off-season work by agreeing to terms with Vontae Davis. Davis, who joined the Colts in a 2012 trade, will help solidify a defense looking to assist the club extend a two-year playoff run.



INDIANAPOLIS – The seventh of 16 trades Ryan Grigson has made with the Colts was to nab Vontae Davis from Miami in 2012 for a second-round pick. 

 

Grigson and the Colts extended that relationship today by agreeing to terms on a new contract with Davis.

 

“He is a rare talent at 25 years of age who is still ascending as a player,” said Grigson.  “We are excited to see him reach new heights in his career and help us attain our ultimate goal.”

 

For Davis, he knew where he wanted to be.

 

“I had no doubt in my mind that the Colts wouldn’t sign me back,” said Davis.  “I’ve established some good relationships with the guys and with my coaches.

 

“It would have been hard to leave, like leaving your family.  It’s just a good organization.  All I can do is thank God for the situation He put me in.”

 

After joining the Colts just prior to the 2012 season, Davis has started 26-of-32 possible games, including all 16 last season, a career-first.  He was one of only four Colts defenders to open every game.

 

Davis is a youthful and talented piece to the Colts’ 3-4 defense.  One of the league’s top coverage corners, Indianapolis has used Davis to blanket numerous leading receivers.  

 

Last year, Davis ranked second on the club with 13 passes defensed, along with having 48 tackles and one interception.

 

Davis’ October outing in a 39-33 victory over then-unbeaten Denver illustrated his value. 

 

Facing an offense that set the NFL seasonal passing records for yardage (5,572), first downs (293) and touchdowns (55), Davis was targeted eight times.  He allowed three short completions and defended two passes, earning the highest single-game rating by an NFL cornerback since 2007, per analytics site Pro Football Focus.

 

Davis defended passes in 10 different outings in 2013.  His interception came at Jacksonville, a game where he also had two passes defensed.  His other outing with two passes defensed was at Kansas City, as the club held the Chiefs to 132 net yards through the air.

 

Davis was 25th overall choice in the 2009 draft.  He opened 36-of-44 games for Miami prior to the trade and has 62 career starts in 70 games.

 

Since 2009, his interception total is tied for 10th in the AFC, while his passes defensed rank 12th in the conference.

 

Davis has started two-of-three playoff games for the Colts, coming in as a reserve at New England last year when Indianapolis opened in a goal-line set.  Davis has three post-season passes defensed.

 

Vontae Davis Career Statistics (2012-13 Colts)

Year

ST/PL

Solo

Asst.

Total

PD

Int-Yds.

2009

9/16

44

4

48

11

4-64

2010

15/16

43

8

51

12

1-0

2011

12/12

39

4

43

9

4-60

2012

10/10

40

13

53

7

3-26

2013

16/16

42

6

48

13

1-0

Total

62/70

208

35

243

52

13-150

 

“My teammates are like brothers.  It’s a brotherhood,” said Davis.  “When you go to the Colts, it’s something that you hold with you for the rest of your life.”

 

“I’m excited.  I think God has a plan for not just me, (but) everybody.  I think the Colts (are) a perfect situation for me.”

 

Joining the Colts just prior to the 2012 season put Davis at a slight disadvantage with no off-season work.  Now as an established presence, he dismisses any impact a new contract could have to his approach.

 

“You can’t let it impact (you),” said Davis.  “You just have to go out there and play.  The organization has trust in me.  I just have to continue to work hard, and I think everything will work out for itself.”


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