Going up against a Pro Bowl wide receiver would help any cornerback sharpen their skills. So since cornerback Carlton Davis III arrived in Tampa Bay after being drafted by the Bucs in the second round last year, he's lined up numerous times with Pro Bowl wide receiver & teammate Mike Evans on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Those battles with Evans may have been one of the things that prepared the second year cornerback to be able to succeed in some of his battles during his rookie season against the likes of other Pro Bowl wide receivers like Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown & Julio Jones.
Davis, who will probably lined up as the team's number one cornerback in week one when the regular season starts against San Francisco, has had a strong start to training camp. In the video below, Davis is even comfortable going up against tight ends as he bats this pass away intended for Cam Brate.
Davis met with the media on Monday prior to the team's training camp practice. He spoke about the struggles of the defense last year & how the defense wants to use that as motivation for this upcoming season. The cornerback also discussed how defensive coordinator Todd Bowles' defense shows different looks leading to being unpredictable.
The new defense may ask for Davis to play a lot more on the line as opposed to the past. I asked him specifically about playing more bump & run. And as you can see in the video below, Davis stated that playing in a bump & run type defense is second nature to him
Click below to hear the full interview with Davis