He has been a member of the Colts for just over a week but cornerback Vontae Davis will be running out with the first team defense on Sunday.
As a former defensive backs coach, head coach Chuck Pagano has observed his former position closely this offseason and likes what he sees in his newest addition.
“He’s doing really well,” Pagano said of Davis. “He’s spending extra time with his position coaches and putting the time in obviously.”
“I could tell just by sitting back and watching, he’s not making mental (mistakes), and you can see his athleticism out there and his playmaking ability. That’s only going to get better as he becomes more comfortable in the system, with the terminology.”
Davis brings a wealth of young talent to the secondary and his fellow defensive backs like the progress he has made in just over a week.
“For him, it’s just getting comfortable with what we’re doing. Pretty much right now he’s getting there,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “Of course, a couple more days of practice and he’ll be there but when we’re out there on the field, I got confidence in all my guys.”
One advantage that Davis has had in learning the Colts defense is his familiarity with the system.
Former Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (2010-2011) overlapped two seasons in San Francisco (2007-2008) with current Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
Being able to be ready for the season opener from a physical standpoint for Davis wasn’t the question when he arrived in Indianapolis early last week.
It was his ability to handle new calls that presented the biggest challenge.
“He’s grasped onto the system well for the past week or so that he’s been here,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “It’s kind of easy for him because he was in a similar system with the defensive coordinator in Miami.”
Now with Davis opposite Powers, the Colts starting secondary has four players each with four years of NFL experience, with all having started at least 14 games over their respective careers.
The trade comes at an opportune time for the Colts as they will face a very talented Bears receiving crops in the season opener.
“Vontae is a hell of a football player and he’s going to come out and help us out a lot,” Powers said. “I think we got a good group in the secondary. He’s just another dimension, another playmaker added onto this defense.”
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