INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe the Tennessee Titans did have the best approach to combat Vontae Davis.
Back in a Week Four meeting against the Colts, Titans quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger ignored the Pro Bowl cornerback.
By ignore, they did not throw in Davis' direction in the 43 defensive snaps he was on the field.
Davis effectively eliminated one half of the field, constricted the Titans offense, and helped the Colts to a 24-point victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.
That Week Four meeting served notice to the rest of the NFL that the Colts had a bonafide shut down cornerback and throwing at him, wouldn't lead to much success.
"Just know that his part of the field is locked down," inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman says looking back on Davis' 2014 season.
"He's one of those top corners that is going to take the challenge and we trust he's going to do this job each and every time he goes out there."
In 2014, Davis allowed a 38.8 quarterback rating in the 71 balls thrown his way (best rating for any NFL cornerback who played at least 15 snaps last season, per Pro Football Focus).
A mere 43.7 percent of the 71 targets at Davis in 2014 ended in a completion (second best mark in the NFL).
It's the type of season that fellow Washington D.C. product Greg Toler saw in the uber-talented Davis.
"Buying into the system, taking care of his body off the field, doing all the little things--it's showing on the field," Toler says of the cornerback opposite him.
"Everything he does in practice, he does in the game, so it's not a wow moment when we see it on the field because he's doing it everyday in practice to get better. He's answering questions in meeting rooms, being a veteran, being a professional."
From a sheer numbers standpoint, Davis' 2014 season might not land atop the Colts record books but there's no denying his value.
Davis, who still hasn't allowed a touchdown in coverage since December of 2013, became the first Colts cornerback in nearly 50 years to earn a Pro Bow honor last year.
Many times in 2014, Colts defenders would hardly notice Davis was on the field, and that's a good thing in their defensive system.
"We like to pressure. That's no secret," D'Qwell Jackson says of the need for cornerbacks to thrive on an island.
"Just to have Vontae play as well as he did, it makes our job up front much easier. It's a blessing to see him mature and see him grow into the player that he has."
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