ANDERSON, Ind. — For cornerback Vontae Davis this is his first year to go through training camp with the Indianapolis Colts and he's making the most of it.
Davis was acquired during last season from the Miami Dolphins. He rapidly made his presence felt.
He played 10 games with the Colts a season ago and started each one. During that span Davis had 53 tackles, three interceptions and a sack. He had three passes defended and one tackle in the team's playoff loss to Baltimore.
Now he is fitting in with several new faces in the defensive backfield and by all appearances is having a blast doing it.
“We are just having fun," said Davis. "We love being around one another. Coach Pagano preaches family and we go out every day as if it’s just fun.”
He feels like there's a tightness in this group that has been building and has roots even further back than the first days they were officially together earlier this summer.
"Me and (Greg) Toler and (Atoine) Bethea, we're all from the (Washington) D.C. area," said Davis. "We knew each other for a while."
The chemistry in the defensive backfield is become obvious toi everyone, including Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. "Those guys are making a ton of plays," he said. "Vontae, the way he ended the season last year, is playing with a lot of confidence. He's making plays and providing tight coverage."
The coach's special attention he's giving to Davis is another reason for that confidence.
“In meetings, Coach Pagano sits by me all the time so I am very confident," said Davis. "To have the head coach as the defensive back coach in the past, it is very helpful and it’s just very different as far as coming in during the season.”