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Corey Davis one of Matt Bowen’s five players that could make a significant jump in year 2


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Look, you don’t have to sell me on Corey Davis’s talent. I laugh at anyone that draws any type of conclusion on what Davis can be based on his rookie year. This may sound like excuse making, but it is actually just the facts- Davis was injured for the majority of the year and played in an offense that was outdated 15 years ago. Things are going to be so much different for everyone in the Matt LaFleur offense.

To that end, Matt Bowen listed Davis as one of his 5 second year players that is set to make a big jump in year 2. Bowen’s comments:

Limited to just 11 games due to injury, Davis caught 34 passes for 375 yards and didn’t reach the end zone during the regular season. If you watch the Week 16 tape against the Rams or take a look at his two touchdown grabs in the divisional-round playoff loss to the Patriots, however, Davis looked much improved. He has the frame (6-foot-3, 209 pounds), body control and big-play talent to produce consistent numbers in 2018 as the Titans transition to new coordinator Matt LaFleur’s system.

Davis can run deep in-cuts and win on isolation routes, and he has the footwork to set up defensive backs, as he displayed on this double move to beat Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler for six points. Plus, Tennessee’s 2018 offensive system will create more opportunities for Davis, with LaFleur putting quarterback Marcus Mariota in a better position to attack throwing windows. Lots of movement, stack and bunch to get receivers open in the route tree. And with that size at the catch point, Davis should become one of Mariota’s top red zone targets.