Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
During last year’s training camp, cornerback Will Davis was considered a ball-hawk. He had an impressive camp and always seemed to be around the ball. Once the season started though, he battled injuries but when he was on the field, he was consistently beat by opposing receivers and often looked out of place.
With one year under his belt and with his technique and fundamentals improved, Davis has now moved past Jamar Taylor as the third cornerback and looks even better than last year. This is according to a source close to the situation.
“When you look at [the criticism] and [if] it’s right, it is right,” Davis said recently. “I know one thing: Coaches want me to be more consistent. And that was one thing coming into camp, I can’t give up anything deep in the games. Definitely, it was one thing that I knew I had to work on, being consistent. Can’t just make a great play, then give up a bomb.”
Count newcomer Louis Delmas as one of the players who is most impressed with Davis.
“That’s one of the most athletic people I’ve ever been around,” safety Louis Delmas said. “He goes up for the ball. He’s very fast, and he’s somewhat physical. He’s doing a tremendous job at working on his craft and trying to get better each and every day. That’s all we can ask for from him.”
Davis will be the first corner off the bench against the Cowboys and will play the outside position when there are three receiver sets. Cortland Finnegan would then move to the inside.
“When I come in, I know it’s another opportunity to make another play,” Davis said. “I get excited, especially knowing, [being] young last year, didn’t have no play. I know I’m going to have a lot of opportunities right now and just make the most of them. This year, I've been taking advantage of my opportunities. I don't want nothing caught on me, slants, nothing. I'm trying to get everything down. This year, I'm definitely more disciplined, definitely more confident. It's fun. Definitely being out there with the ones, it's exciting."
If Davis can be just as good in games as he is in practice, he can be a good with the possibility of becoming a great player for years to come.
Latest Dolphins News