Corey Davis has been the subject of a fairly large-sized portion of angst from the Tennessee Titans fanbase ever since being drafted as the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With A.J. Brown exploding for over 1,000 yards in his rookie campaign last season, Davis became immediately expendable. After three seasons of putting up consistently mediocre numbers, Davis entered the 2020 season in the last year of his rookie deal with talks of an extension dead and gone.
Fast forward to the present, the Titans are 5-2 with the sixth best scoring offense in the NFL (29.7 PPG). Ryan Tannehill has quarterbacked his way to being in the conversation for NFL MVP with 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions through seven games. While Tannehill has been stellar, the Titans would not be where they are, coming up on the halfway point of the season, without Davis.
In Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis once again displayed his unique skill set hauling in eight catches on his way to 128 yards and one touchdown. Davis reeled in a marvelous 12-yard touchdown pass due, in part, to an impressive job at tapping both of his feet down in pay dirt for the score.
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) November 1, 2020
Davis’ time as a Titan has not been an easy one. The receiver has not only dealt with a change at quarterback as Marcus Mariota lost his job after Week 6 in 2019, but Davis is now featuring in the scheme of his third offensive coordinator in four years.
Davis endured and survived Terry Robiskie’s dismal regime as play caller in his rookie season. Robiskie then gave way to Matt LaFleur, who struggled with how to handle Mariota. But now, with Arthur Smith calling the shots on the offensive side of the ball, Davis has not only improved his stock, but has seemingly finally found his footing. His rise in stock is timely, with this potentially being his last year as a Titan.
With A.J. Brown establishing himself as the team’s No. 1 receiver, it is not far-fetched to assume that a weight might have been lifted from the shoulders of Davis. His new comfort and skill in his position has become evident through his five games played this season. Davis’ production fell off early in the season in the two weeks following his seven-catch 101-yard outing to open the season against Denver. Then, after missing two games due to COVID-19, Davis returned to the field with six catches totaling 35 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ Week Seven loss to the Steelers.
Now that Brown is back to drawing the assignment from opposing teams’ best cornerback, Davis appears to have found himself positioned in a comfortable spot as a secondary wide receiver with big-game ability. Davis enters Week Nine averaging 73.8 receiving yards per game – good for 16th among receivers in the NFL. Brown follows closely behind with 71.2 yards per game.
It is important to note that Davis has 29 catches for 369 yards and three touchdowns through just five games. There is an outside shot that both Davis and Brown could flirt with the 1,000-yard mark in limited action this season.
— Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL) November 2, 2020
Whether or not Titans’ General Manger Jon Robinson elects to pursue negotiations with Davis in the offseason is a decision that will have to come after a larger sample size in 2020. For now, Titans fans should just sit back and appreciate the fact that Davis has finally appeared to have turned the corner and evolve into a reliable pass catcher that could help take this team’s offense to new heights.
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