The rookie had another busy afternoon in both run support and as a pass defender, posting his second straight five-tackle effort in the process. Davis' 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage marked the first time he checked off that box in his short career. With a seemingly secure starting cornerback job, the 21-year-old should continue generating serviceable tackle numbers, while his aggressive style should eventually lead to an increase in the three defensed passes he's been credited with thus far, as well as some interceptions.
Davis totaled five tackles (four solo) in the Buccaneers' 42-28 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He has nine total tackles (eight solo) in three games since returning from groin and back injuries in Week 7.
The rookie is up to 25 stops over seven games, and he'll likely continue piling up plenty of tackle opportunities given how frequently teams are passing on the Buccaneers. Davis is naturally experiencing some of the growing pains that are part and parcel for first-year players, although the experience he's gaining as a starter is likely to serve him well moving forward. Despite his college reputation as a physical, aggressive corner, Davis has yet to record an interception and has a modest three passes defensed to his credit thus far.
Davis (back) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Browns.
The rookie's presence is especially welcome given the short-handed nature of the Buccaneers secondary overall. Davis will look to help contain Baker Mayfield and his pass-catching corps after seeing Matt Ryan carve up the defense for 355 yards and three touchdowns in Davis' absence last week.
Davis has logged two full participations in a row, and appears to be nearing a recovery from his lingering back injury. The second-round rookie's presence would be a big help against Cleveland's considerable passing attack, but it's conceivable that the Buccaneers could opt to take a cautious approach to Davis' recovery.
Davis (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The rookie cornerback was inactive for the Week 6 loss against the Falcons due to both groin and back injuries. Wednesday's official report listed only the latter issue, so it appears Davis may have healed sufficiently from his groin problem. Nevertheless, his status over the rest of the week will be closely monitored ahead of a Week 7 matchup against the Browns' capable passing attack.
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