Jul 22, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Davis (29) cannot make a catch during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Will Davis's Stock Rising For Dolphins

It’s a little too early to begin heralding the second coming of Patrick Surtain or Sam Madison, but Miami Dolphins‘ rookie Will Davis sure looks the part after a few stellar training camp performances.

After closing out Sunday’s scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium with a diving interception, Davis has steadily ratcheted up his performance level. He’s managed an interception every practice since, snagging three more during Thursday’s session alone. Miami’s coaching staff has taken notice, bumping him to the second team alongside Richard Marshall.

Drafted in the third round in this year’s draft out of Utah State, Davis was expected to develop alongside second rounder Jamar Taylor. Given Taylor’s heavier credentials from his time at Boise State, many expected Davis to take a back seat while he adjusted to the speed of the game. However, a nagging recovery from off-season surgery has prevented Taylor from getting on the field until just recently; an opportunity Davis has taken in full stride.

A defense dead set on improving upon last season’s meager takeaway total (16) will certainly welcome a ball hawk such as Davis, but he may not be called upon immediately. The addition of Brent Grimes figures to provide the secondary with a much-needed shutdown corner. Marshall and Dimitri Patterson bring veteran experience with Nolan Carroll adding depth. The Dolphins won’t be forced to rely on Davis and Taylor early on, allowing them to hone their skills in a limited role.

Younger players will have their ups and downs as they enter the NFL, Davis is no exception. To this point, he has excelled under simulated scenarios without the pressure and implications of a meaningful game. Preseason should provide a glimpse at his abilities against live competition in a full-speed environment. For now, Dolphins fans should enjoy watching a young man make the most of what is given, and hope that leads to big things.

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  • Dolphins Gab

    Nice read! I like Davis but I get the feeling he’d get burnt in coverage just as often as he’d make plays if he was a starter as a rookie. My money is on first team being Brent Grimes and Dimitri Patterson

  • Johnny

    It’s starting to look like a good move by Ireland to trade up into the 3rd to grab Will Davis.. (He had a 5th rd grade on him).. I just don’t like his size.. about 185lbs.. Which is pretty small.. He might get hurt playing with the big boys.. As for Dimitri Patterson??? This guy is getting paid OVER 4 MILLION THIS YEAR!!! That’s way too much for his skill set.. He’s not a high draft pick, he’s been passed around the league and cut by 3-4 teams!!! That’s almost what Grimes gets paid.. He has to have a perfect camp to make this team.. Or they need to restructure his contract.. Obviously need to lower his salary.. A nobody CB getting well over 4 mil??? Doesn’t make sense!!! Who made this contract up!! They should be fired immediately!!! CRAZY!!!! I hope Jamar Taylor steps up and Davis continues his great camp… And Marshall needs to improve… Other then LT, the #2 CB spot is a concern on this team.. Great safeties with Jones and Clemons.. And 1 great CB in Grimes.. Still need that #2CB to step up and back-up- nickel CBs.. And please don’t pay low level CB in Dimitri Patterson over 4 Mil. this year!!!!

    • Johnny

      Also, we have some fast athletic LBers to help with coverage on WRs and TEs…

    • Johnny

      Actually Patterson was on 5 teams being passed around.. He never stuck to a team.. And he was undrafted… AND HE’S DUE OVER 4 MIL THIS YEAR!!! Does anybody else see a problem with this???

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I would NOT put all my eggs on the Marshall basket, there was a tweet or 2 out of training camp today citing some sort of aggravation to Marshall’s back and that’s a problem which very hard to overcome while playing sports as a professional. One thing is for a QB to overcome it ,it is another for a CB, with so many twists and turns coming on every play. Grimes, Patterson and Davis are going to have bear the load while Jamar Taylor catches up.

    • Johnny

      It’s more concerning because he had the same injury last season..

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        I suffer from chronic back pain (sciatica) and I also work out regularly, but if I was a professional athlete, my career would be in bad shape.