Corey Davis admits that when he came back from the hamstring injury he sustained in training camp, that it was probably too soon.
The result was a week two re-injury and five more games on the shelf for the Tennessee Titans first-round pick. Davis did quite a bit Monday in his first practice back, but did not go through a full workout.
“The first time I injured it, I just kind of rushed myself back because I wanted to be out there so bad,” Davis said. “That was the wrong approach, so I’m not going to make the same mistake.”
Davis, the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, was already dealing with ankle surgery from before the Titans drafted him, and his injured the hamstring during the first week of training camp and was unable to play at all in the preseason.
When he did return, he had six catches for 69 yards in his NFL debut against Oakland, but hurt the hamstring again the following week against the Jaguars and has not played since. He had not even practiced until Monday.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the club will be careful with the rookie and ease him back into things, even though Mularkey has stated that Davis could provide a major pick-me-up to an inconsistent offense that was sluggish before the bye against Cleveland.
“We have control over the routes he’s running right now, the number of routes he’s running, everything he’s doing. If we let him, he’d probably take every snap that he could. We’ll be smart letting him back in,” Mularkey said.
Davis said he hopes to have “fresh legs” in his return.
And though the Titans are counting on him, he says he doesn’t feel any outside pressure – only what he puts on himself to perform.
“I feel pressure on myself, but as far as the outside pressure, it doesn’t really have an effect on me. I’m going to apply to myself,” he said.