NASHVILLE – The game slowed down for Titans receiver Corey Davis in 2018, and he was able to play faster.
As a result, Davis doubled his production output, and became the team’s top playmaker at the receiver position.
Now, he’s looking to take things up a few more notches in 2019.
“Last year I was able to catch the rhythm, and was able to go out there and be confident, play fast,” Davis said on Wednesday from the Titans Caravan. “Hopefully this year it slows down a lot more. I just have to keep working.
“I am excited to get back to it, back in the groove of things. … I feel healthy, I feel good going into the season, and just have to keep it that way.”
Davis, the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, finished the 2018 season with 65 catches for 891 yards and four touchdowns. He caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime in the team’s win over the Eagles, and he caught another game-winning touchdown pass in the team’s win over the Jets.
Along the way, he developed even greater chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota.
“Me and Marcus, our chemistry is growing every day, and it’s continuing to grow,” Davis said. “Our job is to get open and catch the ball. ... Our chemistry is looking good and continuing to grow.”
Since last season, the Titans have more weapons around Davis.
The Titans signed veteran Adam Humphries, and drafted A.J. Brown in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Davis likes the looks of Brown, the former Ole Miss receiver who will take part in the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend.
“I recently watched his highlight tape,” Davis said of Brown. “I like his game -- he’s a baller. He goes out there and gets the ball, so I am excited to work with him.”
Davis knows tight end Delanie Walker’s return will help the offense a well.
“I feel like it is going to help us out a lot obviously,” Davis said of the new additions. “We have some weapons coming back from injury, and we’ve added some weapons. These dudes are going to go to work every single day. We added Humph, and he’s a great complement to the room.
“Iron sharpens iron. These guys, they see things that I don’t see. Humph sees something that he notices in my game and he’ll correct it, and vice versa. A lot of these things, it's just us helping each other out and getting better.”
Davis has also done his part to make sure he’s healthy, and available.
Slowed by a hamstring injury during his rookie season, Davis has done a lot of preventative work with his hamstrings while training in Arizona. He’s also worked on staying hydrated.
Davis has also recalled lessons he learned from veteran teammates Harry Douglas and Rishard Matthews earlier in his career. Davis credits the veteran for teaching him to be a pro.
Now, he wants to take his game to another level.
“Obviously I just want to get better at every aspect of the game – playing faster, (staying) healthy so I can go out there and help the team out,” Davis said. “I want to get better at hands, routes, quickness, releases -- there's a lot of things I am working on this offseason and I’ll continue to work at it.
“I am feeling good going into the season, healthy, and that’s the main thing.”
Titans Online looks back at WR Corey Davis' 2018 season, in which led the team with 65 receptions for 891 yards and four touchdowns. (Donn Jones Photography)