Davis was credited with four tackles (three solo) during the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints in Week 1. The rookie slid into the first unit in place of Brent Grimes (groin), and the results were unsurprisingly mixed for a player going up against the lethal combination of Drew Brees and Michael Thomas in his first NFL start. While Thomas put together a record-setting afternoon with a 16-catch, 180-yard effort, it bears noting that the Saints were in constant catch-up mode, and the Buccaneers defense was often trying to keep plays in front of them to protect the team's surprising lead. Davis' baptism by fire may ultimately prove to be for the best, as the Auburn product could find himself logging plenty of playing time in coming weeks if Vernon Hargreaves' shoulder injury is as serious as feared and/or Grimes' recovery from his groin issue extends for at least another week.
Davis will start in place of Brent Grimes (groin) opposite Vernon Hargreaves against the Saints in Week 1, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The rookie will be thrown right into the fire against Drew Brees and his talented pass-catching corps on the Superdome fast track. Davis impressed during training camp and preseason with the same physical style he flashed during his college days at Auburn, but it remains to be seen how he'll handle the ramp-up in intensity that the NFL regular season brings.
Davis (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Davis sat out of Saturday's preseason contest against the Titans, but he's ready for a full week of practice ahead of Friday's exhibition game against the Lions. The rookie second-round pick will battle M.J. Stewart (foot), who was selected in the same round of April's draft, for snaps at left cornerback behind Brent Grimes.
Davis didn't practice Tuesday due to an ankle injury, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The rookie corner was spotted with his left ankle wrapped during the Buccaneers' morning session. While Laine reports that head coach Dirk Koetter subsequently confirmed Davis' injury was "nothing serious," the Auburn product could certainly be held out of a pair of forthcoming joint practices with the Titans on Wednesday and Thursday, and perhaps make a return for Saturday night's preseason contest. More information on Davis' status should be available later in the week.
Davis, who logged five solo tackles and two pass breakups in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday, continued to impress during Saturday's practice against the first-team offense, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. Davis has been making his mark since the onset of camp, a trend that persisted during the preseason opener and continued in Saturday's practice. The rookie has been seeing plenty of time with the first unit due to the absence of Brent Grimes (undisclosed) from team drills and Vernon Hargreaves' multiweek groin injury. Saturday, Davis utilized his 6-foot-1 frame to knock a receiver completely off balance with his trademark press coverage in one-on-one drills, a style of physical play that's been his hallmark thus far. Davis will look to continue standing out during joint practices with the Titans in the coming week and a preseason tilt against them next Saturday. Once the cornerback position is back at full health, it could ultimately turn out to be one of the deeper units on the team, considering the likes of Ryan Smith and fellow 2018 draftee M.J. Stewart are also on hand behind Grimes and Hargreaves.
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