Vontae Davis Shutting Down Receivers At An Incredible Rate

Posted Dec 18, 2014

Intro: In re-signing with the Colts back in the spring, Vontae Davis is turning in a career year. What has gone into Davis playing at a Pro Bowl level in 2014?

INDIANAPOLIS – The stat makes you pause and offer up a, ‘Say that again.’

In Vontae Davis’ last 1,014 snaps on the football field, he’s allowed not one touchdown.

It’s been over a year since Davis has watched a player he was responsible for in coverage find pay dirt.

Names like Demaryius Thomas, Steve Smith, Andre Johnson and Odell Beckham Jr. have all been held out of the end zone when trying to break free from Davis’ pass defense this season.

Teammates have taken notice.

“He’s playing at a very high level,” Reggie Wayne says of Davis.

“He’s seeing everything like it’s in slow motion. His game has grown since the first year’s he’s gotten here. He should be going to the Pro Bowl this year, really should.”

In this pass happy day-and-age of the NFL, it’s unheard of to go as long as Davis has without giving up a touchdown.

The Colts ask a lot out of Davis.

That’s why Davis was so highly sought after during the 2014 free agency period in regards to the Colts looking to keep a corner on an island and not necessarily need safety help.

“He’s a very, very solid corner,” fellow defensive back Sergio Brown says of Davis.

“I feel like he’s one of the best in the game. He’s very physical. He’s a great one-on-one presence. It’s like you don’t have to worry as much if Vontae is on your side. He lets you worry about other things other than what he’s doing because you figure he’s locked down already.”

Earlier this season, Davis received the ultimate sign of respect for a cornerback.

The Titans did not throw a single pass in the direction of Davis in 43 defensive snaps.

Davis effectively eliminated half of the field in that Week Four win over the Titans and helped the Colts defense hold Tennessee quarterbacks to a passer rating of 54.8.

In 2014, quarterbacks average a passer rating of 35.7 when throwing at Davis. By comparison, no NFL quarterback has a qualifying passer rating lower than 69.8 at this point in the season.

Those types of numbers from Davis are why the Dolphins spent a first-round pick on him back in 2009.

It’s why the Colts traded a second-rounder to acquire Davis just prior to the start of the 2012 season.

In trying to dissect why exactly Davis has become an unquestioned elite cornerback in 2014, Chuck Pagano points to what is seen leading up to Sundays.

“His preparation is better than it’s ever been,” Pagano says of Davis. “Practice habits, in the meeting room, walkthroughs, just the detail of his game. You’re seeing the results on Sunday because of what he’s doing throughout the course of the week

“Vontae’s becoming a better pro each and every day and his play has been consistent because his preparation has been consistent.”

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