Carlton Davis A League Leader

September 19th, 2022

Atop the NFL.

Joe chortles when reading folks saying Carlton Davis is not a top cornerback.

Yesterday, Davis, who almost every game is tasked with guarding an opponent’s best receiver, had a pass defensed. OK, just one. But that gave him 50, the most in the NFL since the start of the 2019 season.

Yeah, you guessed it, since Todd Bowles arrived to take over the defense.

Now Joe can just hear folks. “But Joe, the reason he has so many passes defensed is he’s targeted so much.” True, which only makes offensive coordinators look like morons.

For example, look at the NFL leaders in passes defensed since the start of the 2019 season after Davis. They would be, in order, James Bradberry, J.C. Jackson, mouthy Marshon Lattimore and Xavien Howard.

Are those guys trash, too? Hey, they have to be targeted to get so many passes defensed?

Let’s just call it like it is: Carlton Davis is a damn fine corner and the Bucs are very fortunate he came back this season after flirting with free agency.

30 Responses to “Carlton Davis A League Leader”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Good to pretty good in my opinion.
    Damn fine?

  2. David Says:

    Top 10 CB.

    He doesn’t have the INT‘s but he shuts down receivers.

  3. ZZBUC Says:

    @ Joe..
    Joe chortles when reading folks saying Carlton Davis is not a top cornerback.¨

    I am one of those Joe, I think he is a good CB with some strong things and some weak things….But not a top CB.. Same as dean, that yeserday he had a great game…I dont think any CB on our roster has been top in the last years, that doesn´t mean they are bad……

    Why things get so black or white when there is plenty of grey, repeat PLENTY….

  4. J Ghotier Says:

    Exactly Joe. Anyone who thinks he’s just “ok” or “good” is either sadly mistaken, doesn’t know what they’re watching OR just made at their Dad and taking it out on Life (and if that’s the case, we’ll than I forgive them 😂)

    That’s what’s so tough about dealing w/ a fanbase….it’s chalked full of the unintelligent, emotionally-blinded and almost complete Ne’er-do-wells in some instances!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can’t complain about CD24 at all……when he plays tight on the receiver….he wins…

    The refs allowed DPI on on both teams yesterday…..

    Scotty was abused….

  6. Upstate NY Buc Says:

    CD24s shut down abilities opens up our other D-backs to roam and be aggressive, nice formula!!

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Davis seems to get better ever year. Might end up being a top 5 CB before the season is over.

  8. Bucs Win Says:

    That ref crew sucks

  9. geno711 Says:

    Haven’t seen the full numbers for CD this game.
    But the 1st game he had 8 targets and allowed 2 catches.

    We know that he allowed a few more catches against New Orleans but not for a lot of yards or 3rd down conversions. We also know that he had 8 solo tackles, an assist and a fumble recovery besides that pass defended.

    Glad we have CD and the other guys in this defensive backfield.

  10. Winny Testaverde Says:

    A very underrated if not under the radar re-signing in the off-season. He no doubt had other offers…some potentially more lucrative.

  11. Dooley Says:

    Just Carlton Davis being Carlton Davis, know he’s probably still a little miffed Winfield stole his pick last week, but there’ll be other chances. First game I saw him wearing the golds in his mouth, I knew lol this dude is 100% w/the sh*ts

  12. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Davis is elite and a great re-sign , had Licht signed Suh also?????

  13. Dre bucs fan Says:

    C. Davis is a Solid starting cornerback for sure, I’m more impressed with how well Dean is playing. I’ve been a huge critic of him since we made him a starter. Let’s give credit to the coaches on how well they’re coaching these young cornerbacks up!

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    It’s no surprise that Davis and Dean are shining this year, they’re actually being allowed to play on the line of scrimmage and challenge recievers. Something they historically haven’t been allowed to do before this year. The only easy completions the Cowboys and Saints got were when these two were playing off coverage. It’s hard to argue with the results though.

    I’ve been critical of Davis in the past. He looks like a player that has heard the criticism and is trying to shut us naysayers up. I hope he continues proving me wrong.

  15. lambchop Says:

    I definitely took notice of his play yesterday. The only issue with CD is he will have an occasional bad game. But, still he’s the best CB on the team and is exceptional more often than not. Jamel Dean looks like an upgrade opposite him too compared to SMB. But Dean plays aggressive so he is susceptible to a bad beat. But I’ll live and die with that aggression given our Safety play. Go Bucs!

    I think most of us are still traumatized by these guys under Mike Smith so it’s taken many of us longer to come around.

  16. Coburn Says:

    Gotbucd yeah. That was my only criticism in this game for the d actually. The first drive they started out with at least one side playing way too far off the receiver, sometimes both. Dunno if they were just feeling them out or what. After that initial drive they clamped right down and started playing tighter

  17. Upstate NY Buc Says:

    Off subject, Kevin Burkhardt must of had a huge wager on the Saints, ridiculous broadcast!!! Joke, Olson was not much better.

  18. Upstate NY Buc Says:

    Off subject, Kevin Burkhardt must of had a huge wager on the Saints, ridiculous broadcast!!! Joke, Olson was not much better. Just got done watching again, they were bad….

  19. geno711 Says:


    Hey, noted your love for Devin Lloyd back in May.

    He did not do much in that 1st game but truly balled out yesterday against Indy.

    Good call.

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    Really glad that Jason Licht, Todd Bowles, and BA evaluate the players Bucs bring in, and assess their performance, and not some of the armchair knuckleheads around here.

  21. Buccobruce Says:

    I truely don’t understand neither of our roughing calls. Those were so weak. Genus of the game award goes to Mike Evans for shoving Lattimore to the ground knowing full well they would get both ejected. That pretty much took out the whole Saints defense. They looked lost afterwords.

  22. Wild Bill Says:

    Two tough games to begin the season and our dbs who were probably a weakness last season look bad ass so far! Next up Greenbay will be a test for the dbs too. Bucs have a real shot at 3-1 or at least 2-2!!! That was my prediction. 4-4 would be awesome but kc is playing well too and are very dangerous. BUT IF Bucs can start the season with at least 3-1 against 4 very decent teams Great!!

  23. Alvafan Says:

    Maybe I was in an alternate universe when I saw rookie receiver Olave beat him twice in the 4th quarter on deep balls. Bowles puts him on an island a lot so I guess QBs get tempted to throw at him. He’s definitely better than the alternatives we had to endure last year. You say the Bucs are lucky to have him?ok I’ll give you that. He’s also lucky to have a decent pass rush too.

  24. Ed Says:

    The best corners in the league are all physical because they have to get guys off their routes. Davis isn’t a speedster so he did get beat deep with Olave but he kept Michael Thomas quiet. He is a very good corner when he plays physical receivers.

  25. Buccobill99 Says:

    Yes hes good but deans better

  26. Chris Boyd Says:

    the secondary looks completely different when he isn’t on the field. Most of the time, when his man catches the ball, it was zone. he doesn’t have all the stats that casual fans look for, but usually the guy he’s guarding doesn’t either. he’s a stud.

  27. Buc king Says:

    I wish he was faster n little more of a ball hawk but he great in press

  28. 941Boltsfan Says:

    Let’s not forget after the Bucs Run Defense was so damn good, teams had to throw the ball.

  29. Buczilla Says:

    Carlton is a good, not great corner. Most corners like Carlton have hands of stone and they’d most likely be receivers if they didn’t. No shame in that and it’s impossible to field a team with nothing but star players.

  30. KrippledKracka Says:

    Yes. CD is a Good CB, but not great. However, when you pair a good CB with other good secondary (and probably the best safety in AW Jr) then that bodes well for all.