Sean Davis: Next Man Up?

Steelers DB making the transition to free safety

Shelby Cassesse
July 27, 2018 - 3:15 pm
Sean Davis

LATROBE (93.7 The Fan) - Twenty-four-year-old Sean Davis enters the 2018-19 season as the most experienced Steelers safety.

While safeties Nat Berhe (27), Jordan Dangerfield (27), Malik Golden (25) and Morgan Burnett (29) are all older than Davis, Davis has the most in-game snaps in a Steelers uniform than any other safety on the roster. Burnett and Berhe were both signed in the offseason, Golden was injured in the preseason after spending camp with the Steelers last year, and Dangerfield has spent the better part of four seasons with the Steelers on the practice squad. 

Davis said he is embracing a bigger game-related role, as well as a bigger leadership role with the team. 

"I have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, taking a bigger step with helping this defense reach our goals," Davis said Friday. "That's just something I have to do, be more vocal, be that guy that younger guys lean on now too for questions and stuff like that. I'm still learning, but I think I'm doing a good job with it. I just want to continue to get better."

Last season, Davis made 92 combined tackles at strong safety, including three interceptions. With the departure of veteran free safety Mike Mitchell, Davis is expected to fill that role this season, saying he is the team's number one free safety headed into training camp. 

"Just more of everyone depending on me now, and I can't let anything get past me for sure now that I am the last man of defense," Davis said when asked about making the transition. "I do like that pressure. I'm very glad that they trust me to be that guy for the defense, but like I said, it's something new for me, something new for us, so I'm just using this time to develop my skills and to get better at that so I can make the defense better."

Davis was a multi-sport athlete for several years prior to his college years at the University of Maryland, playing both football and baseball. Even now, Davis says those skills can translate on the football field. 

"I have a good background in baseball playing center field," he said. "So, seeing a ball off the bat, judging things, I feel like I'm going to use all of that stuff to my advantage to track the balls down, to not get tricked by savvy quarterbacks and just use my speed to fly around and get some more interceptions."