Vontae Davis is a ‘Tackling Machine’


According to ProFootballFocus (subscription), Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis missed the least amount of tackles at his position along with the Tennessee Titans Jason McCourty:

Of course, Davis is coming off a season in which he was among one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in coverage. Opposing quarterbacks were held to a dismal 38.8 passer rating when targeting the Colts shutdown cornerback, and he allowed the 2nd lowest completion rate among all cornerbacks at 43.7 (ProFootballFocus). Not to mention, the 7th-year pro also had 4 interceptions to go along with such impressive aforementioned numbers.

Not only is Davis a lockdown defender in coverage, but he’s also apparently exceptional in run support and in the tackling department (just ask the Bengals Giovani Bernard):

He had 42 total tackles on the year, and it’s worth noting that per ProFootballFocus, his +4.4 grade against the run was the 5th best among all cornerbacks.

There’s no question that Davis is one of the most complete cornerbacks in all of football. While he’s brilliant in coverage, his tackling ability is an area of his game that often gets overlooked.

Davis may not have the same household recognition of some of his shutdown cornerback contemporaries like Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis, but he’s just as great and may even arguably boast a better all-around game.

It appears that Davis is finally receiving some of his well-earned due too. The former 2009 first round pick made his 1st career Pro Bowl last season and was named #59 on the NFL players “Top 100”.

For the Colts, he’s unquestionably the best player on their defense.

And why not?

With Davis’ lockdown ability in coverage and being so staunch in run support, he’s clearly one of the most complete cornerbacks in all of football. However, while he’s most known for shutting down opposing wideouts in the passing game, Vontae Davis is also a “tackling machine”.

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