Colts Preseason Team Award Predictions
Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) is pushed out of bounds by Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) resulting in an incomplete pass during the second quarter in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Colts Defensive Player of the Year: Vontae Davis
may not have the same household name recognition as shutdown cornerbacks likeDarrelle Revis
, make no mistake about it, he’s every bit of the same mold. The former 2009 first round pick of the Miami Dolphins has caught fire with the Colts and has quickly become one of the best cornerbacks in the game under defensive-minded head coachChuck Pagano
(subscription), the 7th-year pro not only had the 2nd lowest completion rate among all cornerbacks when targeted of 43.7, but he also had the lowest quarterback rating when targeted among all of his peers last season with a dismal 38.8 passer rating when targeted:
Not to mention, Davis also had 4 interceptions to go along with his shutdown play.
After such an impressive season, Davis made his 1st career Pro Bowl. He was instrumental in the team’s divisional round win against the Denver Broncos, as he helped shut down the Denver Broncos receivers in a convincing victory. However, next season marks the opportunity to further cement himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the business and prove that last season was no fluke.
Quarterbacks may want to just throw the other way….