Drops Cost Carlton Davis All-Pro Selection

May 3rd, 2022

Carlton Davis

Those who scrutinize Bucs games know how much better the team would be if cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean squeezed the balls that land in their hands.

But both of those guys get jelly fingers too often. Including postseason play, Davis has 56 starts and just 6 interceptions.

It’s one of the few flaws in his game, and Bucs cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross talked about that today at One Buc Palace.

“If Carlton would have caught half the balls he dropped last year, he would have been All-Pro,” Ross said. “That’s why he got rewarded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [with a big contract] in the first place, because he’s very capable of doing that. He just needs to focus and finish on the ball and he’ll be fine.”

Can Davis step up?

Iconic Bucs cornerback Rondé Barber went from two interceptions in his fourth season to 10 in his fifth year back in 2001. Davis had just one interception last season after four in 2020.

Joe is fine with Davis even without the picks. More important is him staying healthy. Joe’s first wish for Davis would be to play his first full NFL season in 2022. That would go a long way toward the Bucs earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

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19 Responses to “Drops Cost Carlton Davis All-Pro Selection”

  1. Bucco Bruce Says:

    Let’s hope Davis and the rest of the team can stay much healthier than usual this season.

  2. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    If top CB had hands they’d be a WR making double

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    After the Winfield comments, sounds like the D is getting more focused. Tidd — remember that throughout the process and look at the final 30 seconds of the Rams game every night before you can’t sleep in bed!

    As long as attempted turnovers don’t turn into Lovie Smith’s idiotic fetish we’ll be fine.

  4. Stone crab sam Says:

    That huge Davis contract may cost the team suh, gronk, and jpp. Cause there is only so much money to go around.
    Was that contract worth all that?

  5. Rayjay1122 Says:

    As tacky as the gloves are I honestly do not know how these guys are so inept at catching.

  6. Tony Says:

    They should’ve drafted two CBs one more DL (either DE or DT). Sure I get drafting a RB & TE but I think I would’ve a CB first. Didn’t even draft a S & that’s why they should either hang onto all their picks or trade down as much as possible. This way they can address all their needs. Instead alot of times they’ll trade away some of their draft picks & they’ll trade up during the draft & give away more picks. Then there will be times they’ll go through a stretch where they’re not picking & then everybody else gets to improve their teams with all their draft picks. They really do need to stop trading away draft picks because they still could still use another S & CB.

  7. ThatAintRight! Says:

    @StoneCrab –
    You can’t legit be serious? You actually think Carlton Davis extension was why JPP , Suh , and Gronk are currently not on the team lmao stop it. Suh is aged and close to retirement really close I’d like him back another season for DL depth at the minimum , but not at his asking price. LBR we have to move on from the older guys eventually. Also we got plenty out of JPP but he’s been pulling everyone’s neck for awhile now. Inconsistencies and injuries are a weight sitting on his shoulders and we all see it. Gronk is coming back for sure. No doubt. Why because he’s worth it and why because he’s needed still? It’s not Bucs or Brady football without him.

  8. ThatAintRight! Says:

    Our offense is gonna look different to start without AB , and Godwin injured to start the season. No Ronald Jones , no Ali Marpet , or Alex Cappa , or even Oj Howard, but we got some new guys that hopefully can replace those offensive guys.

    More weight will be put on
    Gs Aaron Stinnie & Luke Goedeke
    WR Russ Gage
    TE Cam Brate & rookie TEs hopefully step up.
    RB Lenny gets a bigger role now , as does rookie White
    & maybe whoever else we bring in who wasn’t drafted.
    Biggest thing will be snapping the ball and just getting accustom to playing with new guys again. Brady has the hardest task of all getting everyone ready.

  9. Bird Says:

    I dont remember this in years last. Maybe i wasnt listening.

    Do you remember players getting called out like this by coaches?
    Do we have a new era where bowles is gently letting players know thru position coaches – hey your non interceptions is not good enough. Your limited snaps cause not in shape is not good enough …your old and want to much money so you are not on the team 😂

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Yep.. liked that quote in the interview, along with the one “ believe it or not “not all pros like to ball “
    We have drafted a few over the years, big talented players that never really had to work that hard before the pros

  11. Dooley Says:

    Most guys playing CB are there because at some point they were asked to catch balls early in college to possibly serve as WRs and they sucked at it. It’s what made Deion Sanders lining up on offense so dope back in the day, it was like the ultimate football flex, 1 play after being on punt return, dude is running routes in the slot.

  12. Brandon Says:

    Dean is our best CB… QB rating of 50.0 and completion percentage of 53.7% while surrendering ZERO TDs… Dean deserves the fan base’s respect.

  13. Brandon Says:

    Dooley Says:
    May 4th, 2022 at 8:26 am
    Most guys playing CB are there because at some point they were asked to catch balls early in college to possibly serve as WRs and they sucked at it. It’s what made Deion Sanders lining up on offense so dope back in the day, it was like the ultimate football flex, 1 play after being on punt return, dude is running routes in the slot.


    What wasn’t “dope” about Deion being a receiver is that he wasn’t very good at it. It was a sideshow but he was never really a threat on offense.

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    You don’t remember coaches calling out players? Arians couldn’t open his mouth without throwing a player under the bus. It was ridiculous.

    As to Carlton Davis dropping interceptions. He isn’t suddenly going to be able to catch a football all of the sudden if he hasn’t been able to in the past. It’s a big reason why he shouldn’t be considered a top 10 cornerback. Carlton Davis got the money he got partly because Sean Murphy-Bunting hasn’t developed into a better corner himself.

  15. buccaroooooooo Says:

    blah blah blah and we still paid his nicked up non catching pass interference prone butt a brand new contract smh

  16. Beejezus-belt Says:

    His health is probably more of the biggest reason he isn’t an all pro. Do the Bucs have a jugs machine? Let’s start with those and then we will talk about him being a top 5 corner before we talk all pro.

  17. Its a Bucs Life Says:

    If he doesn’t stay healthy it’ll suck that we didn’t draft a CB high

  18. Esteban85 Says:

    I’m glad coaches pointed out that this team was getting thrown on at an exponentially higher rate than other teams. We all saw it. Hell even the colts didn’t want to run on us for 3 quarters of the game.
    Brandon is right, Dean deserves our respect. We bash these guys without understanding what they are battling personally as far as injury or anything else. Our rankings on yards per attempt was another stat that shows we are a stout defense that needs a little tweaking.

  19. teacherman777 Says:


    Deion was nasty on offense. I watched him live. I remember.

    He was “dope.”

    And you are a “doosh.”