It took Davis awhile to find his bearings after being traded for a second-round pick from the Miami Dolphins just before the start of the regular season. By the end of the campaign, he was beginning to flash the elite coverage skills that general manager Ryan Grigson coveted.
Through seven games in 2013, Davis has emerged as a defensive leader.
"He's getting better and better with every game," Pagano said. "He's a confident guy. He's got that mental makeup that you need to play out there on that island, and he's not afraid of anything."
The last attribute also applies to an Indianapolis team that has beaten NFC favorites Seattle and San Francisco in addition to the Broncos this season.
The Colts headed into this week's bye with a 5-2 record and a two-game lead in the AFC South. And they're determined to keep hold of their momentum through the off week.
"We got something special here, we got something special going on," Pagano said. "We certainly won't take any of the good things that have happened to this point for granted. We won't lose sight of where we want to go and what it's going to take to get there. So they will stay locked in (during the bye week). They'll be away, but they won't be away."