As the Bears defense takes the field Sunday afternoon, they are expected to have the same 11 starters they ended the 2011 season with in the lineup.
Their counterpart, the Colts, will have about half of their defense back from 2011 and that means new faces throughout all three units.
Cornerback Vontae Davis is the newest face expected to start on Sunday and couldn’t be happier about his opportunity.
“I’m excited,” Davis said. “It’s my first time being on a new team and the guys have welcomed me in so it feels like home and I’m just excited to get out there and play football.”
Davis has been in a Colts uniform for just over a week and his studying has been amped up to prepare for Sunday’s regular season opener.
The familiarity Davis had with a similar defense in Miami has helped the learning curve but at the end of the day, he is still playing a sport he’s participated in for the majority of his life.
“It’s just football,” Davis said. “I’m excited with these guys, guys that are going to be my teammates and I’m ready to showcase my talents as a Colt and work hard to be the best player I can for the Indianapolis Colts.”
Opposing Davis and the Colts secondary on Sunday will be one of the stiffest challenges in the NFL.
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will also be playing his first game with a new team after spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins.
Marshall has made three of the last four Pro Bowls and Davis knows first hand the type of problems a receiver at 6-foot-4-inches and 230 pounds presents.
“Brandon is a great player and I expect him to come and compete hard. He’s a competitor,” Davis said. “The biggest thing is to get ready, watch more film on him and try and be prepared the best way I can to face a real good receiver in Brandon Marshall.”
Going up against a receiving corps with the Bears talent is a task any week especially for a player like Davis having just joined the roster last week.
Looking at the big picture on Wednesday afternoon, Davis sees a chance on Sunday to continue his dream of playing in the NFL with a fresh start in Indianapolis.
“It’s a blessing. I’m still playing the game I love,football,” Davis said. “It’s a blessing to be here on a team with a lot of history and tradition. I’m happy to be a Colt.”
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