3 Buccaneers playing at insane levels to start the season
By Rob Leeds
Carlton Davis has seen numerous highs and lows to start the season, but statistically, this has been the best year of his career by a substantial margin.
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So far on the season, Davis has three interceptions and is on pace for eight, six passes defended and is on pace for 19, 21 tackles, and has only given up 135 yards through the air with two touchdowns. The penalties have been brutal, but Davis is playing like a shutdown corner when disciplined.
On top of the personal stats, Davis has allowed an average passer rating of 67.2, which is a significant step in the right direction for the improving Buccaneer secondary. If the penalties come down, Davis could quickly emerge as a top-five corner in the league if he can keep this up.
If Davis can maintain this pace, especially down the stretch with the toughest competition, he would have the potential to be the best corner in years in Tampa Bay not playing for another team. The Bucs have wanted a player like this to step up for a while now, and Davis should remain in Tampa Bay for many years if he continues to play at this rate.
If the current stats are any indication, there is a genuine chance that Davis could see his first-ever Pro Bowl at the end of the season, an acknowledgment that he certainly deserves.