Of all the underrated players in the NFL, Carlton Davis may be one of the greatest players that no one is talking about. For two years, Davis has played against some of the best talent in the NFL, and yesterday he made a convincing case as one of the best corners in the NFL.
The Buccaneer secondary looked far better yesterday than it has in a long time, and a large part of that success fell on Davis.
As the CB1 for the Bucs, Davis was matched up against one of the best receivers in the NFL, Michael Thomas. Thomas is the type of player that keeps defenses up at night, and a large portion of his receptions last season that set an NFL record came against the Bucs.
In a complete turn of events, Carlton Davis came out hot against Thomas and held the star receiver to a mere 17 yards on three receptions to go along with no touchdowns.
Bucs fans may love to hate on Thomas, but doing so completely undermines the unbelievable performance that Davis was able to put together against one of the best offensive players in the NFL. This is another situation where one game is not the end-all, but Davis has shown that he can keep up with the other great receivers that the Bucs will face this season.
Davis has struggled with penalties in the past, but if he can get those under control, he could emerge as one of the top corners in the NFL this season.