Davis Back to Practice, Looking for Big Year

Safety says contract situation won’t be an issue

Jeff Hathhorn
August 08, 2019 - 11:16 am

93.7 the Fan

LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) – While the team dealt with the injury to Joe Haden on Wednesday, there was good news in the secondary.  Sean Davis was back to full practice.

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“Slowing starting to progress and get involved in practice, happy to be out there again,” Davis said.

The 25 year-old Davis said his finger exploded while making a tackle at St. Vincent College and has been out most of camp.  Davis said he doesn’t know more about it because he can’t stand the sight of blood.

When asked when he needed to return so he could be ready to start the season on time.

“About right now, I had my couple of days off,” Davis said.  “It’s no fun on the sidelines.  As the group is moving forward, I want to be along with them.  I can’t let my injuries keep me out of the mix too long or they will forget about me.”

Doubtful, as Davis really grew in his first year at free safety and led the team in tackles last season.  He said he’s been impressed with what he’s watched during the first, nearly two weeks of training camp.

“The group is definitely on the rise,” Davis said.  “Our corner play is looking tremendous.  Going from Joe (Haden) to Steve (Nelson) to Artie (Burns) to Cam Sutton just to name the guys off the top of my head, the man coverage has been looking pretty good to me.”

“Safety wise, Terrell (Edmunds) has grown, he’s taken a big step from his first year.  The guys filling in, Danger (Jordan Dangerfield), Kam Kelly and some of the younger guys are starting to make plays.  Seeing those guys taking that step forward, it feels good.”

Davis credits some of that to the new coaching hire, Teryl Austin.  Davis said he likes the changes Austin has made and believes all have quickly bought into the veteran coach.

It’s a big year for Davis, the Washington D.C.  native will be without a contract after this season.  And he dropped his agent in March and hired Drew Rosenhaus, the man who also represents Antonio Brown.

“Not so much contract, rather it’s a play thing for me,” Davis said of the impact of playing for a new deal.  “I just strive to be the best safety out there.”

“I just want to let the contract play itself out.  I just want to put my best foot forward and do my best on the field and let the contract take care of itself.” 

“I do know there is pressure in the back of my mind, but honestly I don’t want that to interfere with everything.  I’m just trying to be a better second year free safety.”

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