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 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' multi-week 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.
Davis, a 2018 second-round pick, is making a strong impression with his physical play in training camp, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Davis stands a stout 6-foot-1 and knows how to translate his size effectively to the field. The Auburn product got his hands on the ball plenty during his time with the Tigers, logging 29 pass breakups, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He hasn't hesitated to bring the same aggressive mentality to his first NFL training camp, with his stellar play Saturday serving as a fitting example of what Davis has often demonstrated thus far this summer. The rookie broke up multiple passes while often playing the press coverage he specialized in during his college days, and due to the absence of Brent Grimes (undisclosed), he and fellow first-year corner M.J. Stewart have both had plenty of opportunities to face off against first-team wideouts Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin. While Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves appear to be entrenched as the top two options at the position, Davis appears to be making a strong case for a spot on specialty packages to open the season.
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