Corey Davis was praised for his blocking on Sunday in the Tennessee Titans’ 43-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
His final block on Derrick Henry’s 75-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass especially garnered attention from the coaching staff and teammates.
But blocking is not the primary job that the Titans have in mind for Davis, who was the fifth pick overall in the draft in 2017. His job is to catch the football. And on Sunday, quarterback Marcus Mariota targeted him just three times with no catches made.
While Henry’s 75-yard TD, Delanie Walker’s two scores among his five recetpions and a 100-yard receiving day by rookie A.J. Brown on three catches more than made up for Davis’ absence from the stat sheet, Davis knows he has to get going.
“Getting everybody involved is important. I think all those guys with the ball in their hands are very capable of doing a lot of great things,” Mariota said. “Then, just what Corey does when he doesn’t have the ball is very impressive, very unselfish. You see it everywhere on tape, but specifically on Derrick’s long touchdown catch, he was down the field blocking and really kind of sealed it. We have those types of guys in the locker room and it’s fun to play with those guys.”
“I am ready, no doubt,” Davis said of being ready to catch more passes. “We went in there and got the win. That’s all that matters. WE’ve got a lot of weapons. The ball could go anywhere any week, so you’ve just got to be ready when your number is called. WE have a lot of weapons. WE can get the ball in a lot of diferent hands and we can make it happen a lot of different ways,”
Guard Kevin Pamphile appeared in the Titans locker room briefly Wednesday and was sporting a brace and two band-aids crossed on his left knee. Pamphile, who missed the season opener after tweaking his knee, appears to have undergone a arthroscopic procedure, which likely led to Tuesday’s move to bring back center/guard Hroniss Grasu back to the 53-man roster.
In addition to Pamphile missing practice, running back David Fluellen was listed as limited as he left during the open period. He suffered a hamstring injury, according to the injury report.
Reggie Gilbert remains out of practice with a knee injury, while Delanie Walker and Cameron Wake did not practice, but were listed as not injury related.
Speaking of Wake, he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 2.5 sack effort in the season opener. Wake played just 24 snaps in the game, and said that he was just going his job, as were his defensive teammates.
“It’s always a big deal,” Wake said. “But over the course of my career, you look back and look at the way it’s gone, it really should be more team of the week. You look at the sack, both of them, he wanted to throw the ball, but you had guys on the back end doing their jobs.”