One of the few bright spots in Sunday’s loss to the Titans was the play of Carlton Davis. The secondary played a lot better than it had in the past few weeks, Davis was one of those reasons. The good play of Sean Murphy-Bunting played into that as well. Todd Bowles and Bruce Arians obviously came out of the bye week looking for better play from the secondary. Davis was one of the few players that showed what the new “technique” was supposed to look like.
Davis, a 6’1, 199-pound corner, is very physical. He is starting to come into his own and feeling confident being a young veteran in the NFL. In the third quarter, he was able to get his hands on two interceptions on back-to-back plays in the game. They were later nullified by questionable pass interference penalties.
Although Davis did give up two redzone touchdowns his effort on the field is second to none. He has to learn where his help is needed and where it isn’t. Davis was in perfect position on Titans’ Tajae Sharpe, but pulled off a split second too early and was just shy of swatting the ball away. The second touchdown was something he could have avoided by jumping outside right away when the receiver began to make his move to get open. Davis had a safety and a linebacker on his inside that would help take away the chances for a quick slant or post. Those are things he and many of the others in the secondary will correct as time goes on.
Davis may tell you he had a bad game, but you can see a difference from season one to season two. Look for the CB to finish the season with three interceptions by the time the season ends.
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