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.