Colts: Is Vontae Davis a shutdown corner?

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Colts: Is Vontae Davis a shutdown corner?


PFF-headlinesIndianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis had the highest coverage grade (+15.8) among his peers in 2013. However that league leading grade may be a little misleading, as it was significantly inflated by one astonishing +7.8 performance at home against the Broncos. Additionally, while Davis managed an impressive 12.3 Cover Snaps per Reception, 14th in the league, he also conceded eight touchdowns, with only two other corners allowing more. So his 2013 performance was very good, but perhaps not truly best in the league.

Now, ten weeks into the 2014 season, Davis has not surrendered a single touchdown, and his +10.9 coverage grade and 15.8 Cover Snaps per Reception rating both rank third among starting corners. Passers have an average QB rating of 41.1 when throwing into his coverage.

Davis hasn’t been perfect;  Andre Johnson gave him problems, catching all four targets for 74 yards and drawing a pass interference call. Davis also conceded a 9 yard catch in just 11 snaps before being injured in the Steelers game, but everyone saw what Ben Roethlisberger did to that secondary without him. Is it time to call Davis a shutdown corner? Perhaps not quite yet, but he is getting close. He will take another step towards that status if he can keep Tom Brady and the Patriots quiet on Sunday night.

  • Fintasy

    Jeff Ireland of the Dolphins let Vontae walk for a 2nd round pick. That goes up there with him letting Wes Welker and Jake Long go for very little as well. Oh, and he traded away Brandon Marshall for a PAIR of third round picks. That’s a good chunk of a Pro Bowl roster Jeff Ireland traded away for little in return.

    • Nat

      You have to put these moves into context. I agree that Ireland was a goon when it came to personnel, but Vontae has become complacent in Miami’s system. Marshall was dealing with borderline personality disorder (Ireland likely thought he was a troublemaker) and Long was oft-injured and declining in productivity (in Miami). It’s easy to say all of this in hindsight.

      • Richard Light

        Considering that Jake Long has ended up on IR every single year since leaving Miami, with 2 ACL tears, it’s hard to criticize Ireland for letting him leave for health reasons.

    • corners

      i dont think jake long has even played in 16 games since he left the dolphins

    • corners

      the only ones i have fault with is reggie bush and letting dansby go. Those guys weren’t falling apart from injuries/head cases or causing trouble off the field.

  • Yonatan Bogale

    Wes was no Pro Bowler before he played with Brady alongside Randy Moss.
    Brandon Marshall had mental issues and couldnt stop partying in Miami. Why they had to get rid of Jake Long and Vontae Davis is questionable for me, too but it must be of financial reasons perhabs.

    • corners

      welker was there before moss was

      • Yonatan Bogale

        No, according to nfl.com Moss and Welker came to the Patriots in 2007.

        • corners

          i stand corrected

    • eYeDEF

      Welker might not have made a pro bowl until he started playing for the patriots. However when was with miami he was still overflowing with talent and just lacked a reliable thrower to pass him the ball. I was shocked when miami decided to trade him to the patriots.