Carlton Davis Has A Crazy Number Of Passes Defended

June 28th, 2023


Joe always hears fans gripe about Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis. This confuses Joe. Don’t fans want a corner who plays strong defense?

Offseason research — and the eye test — shows Davis has a bunch of passes defended. That’s usually a sign of a guy that gets the job done.

No, Davis doesn’t get a lot of picks, Joe gets it. Instead, he just plays good defense.

So here is one that will blow your socks off and it knocked Joe for a loop. Since Davis was drafted in 2018, only two cornerbacks have more passes defended than David’s 64. That is insane.

The only two corners with more are James Bradberry of the Eagles and Denzel Ward of the Browns.

Yup, Davis has more passes defended the past five years than overhyped Jalen Ramsey or mouthy Marshon Lattimore.

Now you want to know what makes this stat of Davis’ even more incredible? Davis struggled in his rookie season playing for Mike Smith (who was canned halfway through the season). And still Davis has this many passes defended? Dang.

24 Responses to “Carlton Davis Has A Crazy Number Of Passes Defended”

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    You can look at this another, more cynical way, though Joe. You can make the argument that since he’s not a ball hawk, he gets targeted more than the other guys. Other qbs aren’t afraid of Davis. Now it’s good he has a lot of defenses, I’d really like to see some Ints though.

  2. Obvious Says:

    I think Joe was looking for a huckleberry here. It didn’t take long for Leopold to spell it out…

    Did any of those hit our boy Davis in the head? Asking for a friend.


  3. Obvious Says:

    Sorry. got distracted. I’m laughing myself all over the place. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s so funny but has anybody seen where the guy punches his attorney in the head because the attorney couldn’t get him off of a double homicide charge. I don’t even know which one is funnier. The fact that the guy punched his attorney in the head as the price to pay for losing the case OR that he actually thought that somehow he really believed in his own special needs scumbag brain that the attorney could somehow hypnotize the judge and jury into letting him walk on out of there Scott free for killing his child and the mother.

    That guy has some pretty high expectations for a psychopath!

    (I’m pretty sure it was the fact that the attorney got punched for losing) such a clear case of what I’m sure that in the psychopath’s mind, was (clear to only him) justification for killing his family) Let me guess. “The devil made him do it” and that should have been clear to the judge and jury and plenty enough for him to walk Scott free. And of course his attorney did a subpar job and failed to present that correctly. Well clearly the attorney did a lousy job after all….

    As sick and f@c$ed up as that is, one of the two reasons is hilarious! I honestly can’t tell which one has me cracking up! I’m confused…

    I gotta say, there’s been times that I sure would like to have punched my attorney. Me personally, I might not have been as surprised that things didn’t go my way for a charge such as that. But, that’s silly me and my low expectations. I am a Buc fan after all….

    I think if I ever have to hire an attorney again, I’m going to show “that video” of the “situation” to him and explain to him that I expect excellent results. No Matter What! And there will indeed be a price for failure.

    After watching that and from now on, I’m EXPECTING More for less from my attorney! Or Else…!

    That’s freaking hilarious!

    Go Bucs

  4. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    He gets a lot of opportunities because he gets thrown at often. My biggest problem with Davis is that either can’t or won’t tackle. His stats are misleading because he runs a lot of guys out of bounds. This is where Dean is much superior. He is a very willing tackler.

  5. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    I’d also like to see how many touchdowns or first downs given up.

  6. Obvious Says:

    I doubt Joe would let me post that on the site but I’ll give you a hint. It’s new… You should be able to find it from there…

    Go Bucs

  7. Obvious Says:

    I meant the link. I was hoping he’d post the story. It really is something to see.

  8. Brandon Says:

    And Dean would be up there too if QBs didn’t avoid throwing his way the last two seasons. He gets thrown at around 3-4x a game.

  9. buccee Says:

    And someone else had a crazy number of passes batted down in spring ball.

  10. garro Says:

    Hope here is he can start pulling a few in for the INT.

    Go Bucs!

  11. StickinUp4Centers Says:

    “You can make the argument that since he’s not a ball hawk, he gets targeted more than the other guys. Other qbs aren’t afraid of Davis.”

    Xavien Howard is a ball hawk and is tied with Davis. The whole list is filled with good CBs. Are they all being targeted because the QBs aren’t scared of them? It seems these CBs are being targeted because they usually cover WR1.

  12. Dooley Says:

    Carlton Davis is obviously slept on, especially by Bucs fans, but I get it INTs are the only metric some have for judging “good” CB play when in reality the base job responsibilities are keeping your man in front of you and not allowing completions

    93 Targets
    52 Completions
    55.9% completion pct when targeted
    65 combine tackles
    53 solo tackles (but he has a tackling problem? lol)
    3 TFLs
    12 PBUs
    622 yards
    3 TDs(Usually covering the oppositions best WR)
    1 FF & 1 FR
    1 INT

    Davis is a solid cover corner

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  14. CrackWise Says:

    Is he the new Lavonte David?

  15. Fred McNeil Says:

    He’s probably worth his $15 mil. Dean’s probably worth his money too. (I think it’s $13 mil)
    How much ban we pay Winfield and maybe Neal? Both are up for new contracts.
    But I digress. Davis is a fine CB1. Sure wish he tackled a bit better.

  16. Joe Says:

    You can look at this another, more cynical way, though Joe. You can make the argument that since he’s not a ball hawk, he gets targeted more than the other guys.

    Sure, and Joe thought about that. But look at that list. Do you believe NFL coaches really desire to target those guys, or is it more that defensive coaches try to matchup these corners against other teams’ best receivers?

  17. ChiBuc Says:

    ^^^ po-tay-to, po-tah-to

  18. Obvious Says:

    Well yeah Joe. Up until the point that they start to believe their lying eyes.

    As much as he’s being targeted, you’d think that they were ignoring up to the game stats. Or the simple answer that they were a little more afraid to throw it in the direction of someone else.
    So who might that have been? Perhaps someone whom was perceived to be an even better ball hawk or had More Help on the other side of the field?

    Was Davis left on an island more than we realize?

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ve never complained about Davis much.

  20. geno711 Says:

    Good observant article Joe and very good comment from Dooley.

    It seems like some commentors only notice the bad plays that DB’s make. Those are the average fans, not the thorough fans.

  21. ATLBuc Says:

    Any Bucs fan who survived up to and through Vernon Hargreaves and Brent, I don’t get paid to guard their #1 receiver, Grimes knows bad cornerback play and appreciate the cornerbacks we have

  22. Joe Says:

    Was Davis left on an island more than we realize?

    Bowles has said often he assigns Davis to cover an opponent’s best receiver. That doesn’t always happen because offenses (with smart coaches) try to scheme their best receivers on linebackers and safeties. It’s a constant cat-and-mouse game.

    Joe thinks that list is a dead giveaway. How many rotten corners you see on that list? That tells Joe that DCs generally are able to get their better corners on opponents’ better receivers.

  23. Dooley Says:


    That part, and don’t get me started on the deal to trade draft picks for post-ACL now HOFer Darrelle Revis to have him play opposite to a guy we nabbed off the waiver wire, THAT was bad GM’ing guys trashing Licht must not have been around for the debacle that was GM Mark Dominik.

  24. OR Bu Says:

    This is a flawed stat if you don’t also add INTs to the total. If they weren’t pics they would have been defended passes. I’d suppose several corners would move above Carlton. At any rate, he’s still solid.