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Vontae Davis Receives The Ultimate Sign Of Respect

Intro: Not hearing a cornerback’s name much during a game is usually a good thing. That was definitely the case for Vontae Davis on Sunday as the Colts cornerback continued his strong start to 2014.


INDIANAPOLIS – It's the ultimate respect a cornerback can get.


As Vontae Davis walked off the field on Sunday afternoon, the Colts newly re-signed corner did not see one ball thrown his way in 43 snaps of work.

Titans quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger threw 28 passes on Sunday and none went in the direction of No. 21.

"They didn't go at (Davis). They went straight Richard Sherman on him," Chuck Pagano says referring to the Seahawks All-Pro typically receiving this treatment.

The respect comes thanks to the type of season that Davis has had at the quarter poll.

Davis has allowed just six receptions in 249 snaps (15 total targets) this season and his passer rating of 22.6 against is one of the best in the league.

As the game spilled into the second half on Sunday, there was no let up from Davis even if the message was becoming pretty clear that the ball wasn't coming to this area.

"The worst thing (Davis) could do during the course of that game is you could get lulled to sleep, and all of a sudden lose your focus for one snap. It could be late in the game, third quarter, whatever, and get lazy just for one snap, but he didn't do that," Pagano said earlier this week.

"He played tight coverage and was consistent, and was on his guy. Again they didn't challenge him, but I guess when you play well, they've got to decide who they want to go after and he wasn't one of the guys they went."

When free agency opened in 2014, the destination of Davis was something Colts fans had their eye on.

Greg Manusky's defense excels with aggressive corners capable of having the outing Davis had on Sunday.

The Colts didn't let much time pass in free agency before locking up Davis and this start to the season is what both parties had in mind when the ink was trying.

"Obviously from a talent standpoint we know where he's at athletically and his coverage abilities," Pagano says of Davis.

"He's preparing extremely well. He's growing every week, he's getting better as far as practice goes and studying the game and preparing every single day to play well on Sundays."

Davis is in the midst of a 533-snap streak of not allowing a touchdown dating back to Week 14 of last season.

That number will be tested this week with Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith channeling his Reggie Wayne with a torrid start to the season at the age of 35.

Smith's 429 receiving yards after four weeks is the most in NFL history for a receiver at least 35 years old.

Sunday starts a five-game stretch with the likes of Smith, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Antonio Brown and Victor Cruz lining up opposite Davis and the Colts defensive backs.

That's life in the NFL and the Colts hope to see the same amount of respect Davis got on Sunday carry into October and beyond.

"He's been balling," fellow cornerback Darius Butler says of Davis.

"He's at the top of his game. He does what we expect him to do every week and we expect that to continue."

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