Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/14
Boom-or-bust works in dusty oil towns. Not so much in the defensive backfield. So that’s why Will Davis, the Dolphins’ second-year cornerback, is sensitive to the label — even if he concedes that there is a kernel of truth to it. “When you look at [the criticism] and [if] it’s right, it is right,” Davis said recently. “I know one thing: Coaches want me to be more consistent. And that was one thing coming into camp, I can’t give up anything deep in the games. Definitely, it was one thing that I knew I had to work on, being consistent. Can’t just make a great play, then give up a bomb.” So far, so good for Davis. He has been steadier in practice this year and has done enough in the minds of coaches to move past Jamar Taylor for the nickel corner job — at least for the time being. The competition remains open, a source said, but Davis is projected to again be the first Miami corner off the bench when the Dolphins host the Cowboys on Saturday night in preseason game No. 3. “That’s one of the most athletic people I’ve ever been around,” safety Louis Delmas said. “He goes up for the ball. He’s very fast, and he’s somewhat physical. He’s doing a tremendous job at working on his craft and trying to get better each and every day. That’s all we can ask for from him.” Davis, a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, will face his tallest task of the preseason Saturday. Three-time Pro Bowler Tony Romo is expected to start at quarterback for the Cowboys. And he’ll be looking for his dynamic receiver, Dez Bryant — Davis’ potential assignment. While Cortland Finnegan will start alongside Brent Grimes at cornerback, Finnegan will likely cover the slot when the Dolphins go to their sub package. That means Davis will be responsible for the boundary, where the big, fast and physical Bryant makes his living.
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