The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17. This marks the first time Davis has earned the award in his career.
In the regular season finale against Houston, Davis tied a career high with two interceptions. The interceptions were Davis’ second and third of the year. In addition, he added five solo tackles and three passes defensed in the game.
For the season, Davis started all 10 games he appeared in and recorded 53 tackles (40 solo), eight passes defensed, three interceptions and one sack. For his career, he has tallied 195 tackles (166 solo), 40 passes defensed, 12 interceptions and two sacks.
Davis gives the Colts their sixth AFC Player of the Week award this season, joining Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn and TY Hilton.
For an inexperienced, much-maligned secondary, the Colts have done alright for themselves, earning the conference's top defensive award three times. General manager Ryan Grigson deserves much credit as well for bringing on all three players this year. In fact, only Vaughn was with the team in training camp.
Grigson traded a second rounder to the Dolphins for Davis, a move questioned by many as Davis struggled with penalties and injuries early in the season. Since returning from a nagging knee injury in week 13, Davis has been outstanding, recording 32 tackles and a sack. He's defended seven passes with three interceptions in the season's final five games.Tags: Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, Vontae Davis