The Colts’ cornerback position was talked about quite a bit this offseason, and it was an important area for them to upgrade.
In that discussion, though, it seems that Vontae Davis has flown a bit under the radar. He is their top corner, and he’s been very good recently. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Davis has the fifth-lowest passer rating allowed since 2014, spanning the past three seasons.
Over the last three seasons, nobody has yielded a lower passer rating to opposing QBs than Richard Sherman. pic.twitter.com/b9YWJs3mXv— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 30, 2017
Here’s the five-best corners from the past three years, using this metric:
1. Richard Sherman, Seahawks - 60.2
2. Josh Norman, Panthers & Redskins - 61.0
3. Chris Harris Jr., Broncos - 66.6
4. Marcus Peters, Chiefs - 67.1
5. Vontae Davis, Colts - 68.5
That’s some pretty impressive company for Davis, to be sure. During that span he has made two Pro Bowl appearances (2014 and 2015) and has started 45 games, recording 127 tackles, 44 passes defensed, nine interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He was at his best in 2014, but he hasn’t been bad since then either. He’s a good player, and clearly he’s been quite productive over the past three years and is among the game’s best.
The big question moving forward is about Davis’ future with the team. He’s entering his final season with the Colts and will be 30 years old before the 2018 season begins, so it remains to be seen whether the Colts will re-sign him or not.
For 2017 at least, though, the Colts will have Davis starting once again as their top cornerback. It’s likely that rookie Quincy Wilson will line up opposite of him, which should give the team a pretty solid duo. The development of young guys like Wilson could also be a factor in whether the Colts decide to re-sign Davis or not.
One thing is for sure: Vontae Davis has been a really good cornerback over the past few seasons and in fact has been one of the league’s best. Hopefully he can continue to play at that level - only with an improved defense and secondary around him to provide a bit of help too.