We've heard a lot of reports this offseason about T.Y. Hilton's impressive play, offensive line combinations, and Andrew Luck's slides, but on Tuesday the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder offered an update on cornerback Vontae Davis.
He wasn’t always at his best last season as a result of a painful foot injury. But after correcting the problem with a surgery earlier in the spring, Davis already looks in midseason form. He can’t be fully appreciated without pads because he can’t use his well-regarded press coverage techniques. But rest assured, he has a chance to again be among the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Holder mentions as well how watching Davis go up against T.Y. Hilton is one of the highlights of practice and that on Tuesday each player won his fair share of the battles. We've heard about how Hilton is having as good of an offseason as anyone, but it's good to hear that Vontae Davis is holding his own against the receiver anyway. Going up against each other in practice should make both players better and hopefully will pay dividends in the fall.
Davis was tremendous in 2014 and emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in football, and he again had a good year in 2015. He was hampered by injuries last year, however, and that led to some inconsistent play and didn't quite live up to his play from the year before. Chuck Pagano didn't hesitate when asked earlier this week what Davis needs to work on: consistency. Davis needs to get better at playing at the same high level week every single week and every single play, and that was obvious last year. He was still good (and still made the Pro Bowl), but he still has room to improve.
The hope is that he'll be even better in 2016, and so that's why it's encouraging to hear early reports out of OTAs that Davis is playing well. Of course, it doesn't mean anything if it doesn't translate to games this fall, but it's nevertheless a positive indication to hear about Davis coming out of offseason workouts.