By John Glennon
On the fourth-down play that broke the Indianapolis Colts’ back last Sunday, Titans wide receiver Corey Davis found a seam deep in the zone, slid to catch Ryan Tannehill’s low pass and cradled the 37-yard completion inches above the turf.
One play later, Tannehill strolled into the end zone from a yard out, putting the Titans ahead by three touchdowns with seconds left in the first half. It was, for all intents and purposes, game over at that point.
Davis’ big catch was another example of the breakout season the fourth-year receiver is putting together, as he’s on pace to produce career bests in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and yards per catch among other categories. He’s also posted first downs on 34 of his 42 catches in 2020, an 81 percent rate that’s second in the NFL for receivers with 25 or more catches, trailing only Carolina’s D.J. Moore (84 percent).
In fact, aside from touchdowns, Davis’ numbers have been on par with those of A.J. Brown this year, Davis having posted 42 catches for 619 yards (14.7-yard average) and three touchdowns, compared to Brown’s 40 catches for 638 yards (16.0-yard average) and eight scores.
Titans top receiving leaders, via TitansOnline.com
“He’s done a great job, especially this year, he’s improved a lot, and I think there’s a lot of consistency in what we’re asking him to do,” Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith said. “It’s a great credit to Corey and how he’s come in and worked week to week. He’s got a great mindset. Obviously he’s had some unfortunate things happen this season to him personally, but he’s come out here on the football field and been very impressive in how he’s approached the game.”
But Davis’ big numbers – compiled in a year that saw him lose his older brother to cancer – also raise an important question: Will he still be wearing a Titans uniform beyond this season?