The Ravens liked cornerback Will Davis in the draft coming out of Utah State, and they liked him enough two weeks ago to acquire him from the Miami Dolphins in a rare in-season trade. They probably like him even more after his Ravens debut on Thursday night in Pittsburgh, as Davis played a key role down the stretch in the Ravens secondary.
Davis, now in his third season, was acquired by the Ravens in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick on Sept. 21. He sat out the Bengals game as a game-day inactive, then essentially took Rashaan Melvin's spot on the gameday 46-man roster against the Steelers.
Davis came up with one of the Ravens biggest defensive stops of the fourth quarter when he broke up a third-down pass intended for Sammie Coates. Steelers kicker Josh Scobee missed a 49-yard field goal on the next play.
Davis played 22 snaps and finished with one tackle -- flattening Antonio Brown in the open field -- and one pass breakup. Davis earned a grade of +2.0 from Pro Football Focus, the second-highest mark among Ravens defensive players against the Steelers.
"He’s a guy that has really good coverage skills, we feel like," coach John Harbaugh had said shortly after the trade. "And the type of defense we play, we think he fits us really well, but we'll find out."
So far, so good.
The Ravens secondary had been torched the previous two weeks and had sunk to 29th in the league against the pass after Week 3. The Ravens know they need to play better than that in the secondary, and Davis' play at Pittsburgh is an encouraging sign.