Carlton Davis Talks Competition Fire

June 8th, 2022

It’s a new day in Tampa Bay when it comes to the cornerbacks room at One Buc Palace.

Bucs No. 1 cornerback Carlton Davis was talking to Joe and rest of the local media today and Joe had to ask about the major change in the cornerbacks vibe this season.

It’s all about Logan Ryan, the versatile, savvy 31-year-old veteran signed in free agency.

For the first time in years, the Bucs now have serious competition in the room in the form of an accomplished veteran.

Do you feel that competition, Carlton?

“Logan is one of those players who you can plug in anywhere on the defense, he can play corner, safety, nickel,” Davis began. “I would say there’s more competition in that way among the DB group, ’cause Logan is like solid in every position that he plays. So that only brings the best out of everybody else. Obviously, when competition comes, the best gets the job. But, you know, having him being able to compete for every spot just makes you want to, you know, stay on your Ps and Qs because he’s coming.”

Joe loves the competition element. The Bucs won a Super Bowl with Davis, Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting, but they were gifted jobs essentially that season and last year.

Now Dean and Murphy-Bunting are in contract years with Ryan in the mix. And he’s also in a contract year, as well as being known for a burning hunger for greatness and another Super Bowl ring.

Competition should make that group sharper.


22 Responses to “Carlton Davis Talks Competition Fire”

  1. GOB Says:

    Logan Ryan has 200+ snaps at three different positions. His experience is invaluable. He’s not the fastest, not the most skilled. He has impeccable technique.

  2. teacherman777 Says:

    Logan Ryan will be like Ronde 2.0.

    We still need another good CB.

    Cockrell is a #6 CB. Not a #4 CB.

    I said it last year too.

  3. Upstate NY BUC Says:

    Nice pickup, will pay dividends in the overall scheme of things, Go Bucs!!

  4. Buczilla Says:

    All the competitive fire in the world isn’t going to help if your butt is standing around in street clothes due to injury. Were all of the secondary injuries last year a fluke? Certainly not in supposed starter Jamel Deans’s case since his injuries or coaching decisions regarding his playing time are a decided trend. Davis is overrated and overpaid, but he’s still good when healthy, so we have that. Bunting has shown flashes of being both great and horrible. I hope that I’m overreacting, but unless our pass rush is insanely good this year, our seconday is going to get nuked by all of the good quarterbacks (probably some bad one’s too) that they will face.

  5. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I hope Zyon can adjust quickly and take on the 3rd or 4th CB role before pushing to start next year.

    I think he will make the jump like KJ Britt appears to be doing.

  6. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Bin beating this drum for a long time. We need competition at every position but with the league becoming more of a passing league now it’s very important to have better than average DBs. Getting pressure on the QB helps. We say what happened in 2020. Dean CD n SMB all looked like Allstars n even got the name gravediggers but then what happened last year, not a lot of pressure on the QB lots of injuries but also all our starters were given their jobs I mean that in a way that they didn’t have to beat our other players for their jobs. We need competition it makes everyone better or you don’t have a job.

  7. GOB Says:

    What I hate most about bowles scheme, is how much room the DBs give up. He also blitzes far too much. I don’t expect bowles to change his stripes overnight, but if they don’t mix in more press man, especially against elite passing teams, they’ll get the same results.

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hey Carlton – you and your mates need to learn your assignments in zone, and how to tackle. And how to cover guys deep.

    Good luck.

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    A Bucs Fan … spot on. This competition and education only helps Zyon develop faster. Logan Ryan is a great player for Zyon to emulate.

  10. Dew Says:

    Carlton got me pumped up. Really enjoyed his press conf today.

  11. sasquatch Says:

    We have Davis, Dean, Mu-Bu, Ryan, and McCollum… There’s also Dee Delaney and Rashaad Robinson, one or both of whom could becahead of Cockrell. So that’s 7. Cockrell might be 6th, 7th, or 8th CB, or he might be even lower if we have any luck with the UDFA’s. He’s gonna struggle to make the club.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So….we lose Whitehead…..but we pick up Keano Neal, Logan Ryan & Zion…..

    In addition, SMB, Dean, Davis, AWJ & Edwards all have another year’s experience.

    I can confidently say that our secondary has improved.

  13. Destinjohnny Says:

    Dean is the Donavan smith of our DB’s

  14. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Carlton knows a lot about “fire” by the look of those eyeballs.
    Puff puff

  15. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Logan Ryan might beat SMB for the Nickle spot. He’s not quite as tall or fast as SMB but he has great instincts, hips and is a good tackler.

  16. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    I think our secondary will be pretty darn good if we stay healthy.

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Can you imagine, with all of the great/good football players the Bucs have, and you’re talking about Ross Cockrell? He has less than a 25% chance of even making the Bucs roster this year.

  18. richbucsfan Says:

    Yep, we got Slo Mo, Sloer Mo, Drop See, and Can’t See. Competition among them will be interesting for sure.

  19. Oddball Says:

    Agree with Dooosh.

    White widow super cheese?

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Going to be nice to have 5-7 corners this year… our backups did as well as they could and stats show they did great, but not we got our stable back, along with a stud vet and a stud rookie. NOT going to be a repeat of last year

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    Can’t believe no one has mentioned that we lost Pierre Desir. He gave us 12 games last year, and even started 2. Over 300 def snaps, but now we’re Pierre-less. Woe is us.

    On the good news side, we did manage to upgrade by replacing Pierre with Logan Ryan, so there’s that. And Richard Sherman also gave us 140 def snaps, but I’d say that our rookie McCollum could easily replace ‘The Wounded One’, so there’s that too.

    Got a hunch that Todd Bowles will keep 7 CBs this year instead of the usual 5-6: Davis, Dean, SMB, Ryan, McCollum, Cockrell & Delaney. The latter 2 both gave us a LOT of S/Ts snaps (each over 50%) & McCollum probably will too. Based on our recent injury history, AND Bowles proclivity to use 4-5 CBs on the field at times, we could very well need all of them.

  22. Oneilbuc Says:

    Lol 😆 Davis also said that Brady never contacted him and it wasn’t because of Brady why he returned like the media try to push .