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Bills Today: How has Vontae Davis fared against the AFC East?

Posted Feb 28, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for Feb. 28th.

1 - How has Vontae Davis fared against the AFC East?
On Monday, the Buffalo Bills and cornerback Vontae Davis agreed to terms on a one-year contract. That said, how has the two-time Pro Bowler performed within the Bills division?

Davis, a nine-year veteran in the NFL, spent his first three years (2009-2011) in Miami and the past six seasons (2012-2017) in Indianapolis. Considering Davis was a first-round draft pick by the Dolphins in 2009, he’s matched up against the AFC East multiple times.

In total, Davis has collided with AFC East opponents 27 times throughout his career. In those games, he’s tallied 77 tackles, 21 passes defended, and six interceptions. He returned one of those INTs for a touchdown, which coincidentally came against the Bills. Thankfully Buffalo won’t be throwing in Davis’ direction in 2018.

The 6-0, 205-pound CB may’ve posted some prolific numbers against the AFC East, but his career stats are equally impressive.

In 120 games (112 starts), he’s recorded 408 total tackles, 106 PDs, 22 INTs, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Davis’ one-year deal with Buffalo is worth a base salary of $5 million, with $3.5 million guaranteed. He can earn up to $8 million in 2018, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

2 - Bills hit home run in CBS Sports’ mock draft
There’s been much speculation that the Bills could elect to trade their back-to-back first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but staying put at 21st and 22nd overall isn’t a bad scenario either. That’s the case in this recent mock draft, as Buffalo selected the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and one of the most coveted cornerbacks.

In CBS Sports’ 2018 NFL Mock Draft, the Bills landed quarterback Lamar Jackson and CB Denzel Ward. Jackson was the 21st overall selection and Ward went right after him at 22.

Jackson is viewed as a project QB, but his ceiling is ridiculously high. In three seasons (2015-2017) as the signal-caller for the Louisville Cardinals, he posted 9,043 passing yards, 69 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions. Jackson did just as much damage on the ground, as he carried the ball 655 times for 4,132 yards and 50 TDs.

Here’s what Will Brinson of CBS had to say about the Bills potentially selecting Jackson with the No. 21 pick.

TBD on what the Bills do with Tyrod Taylor, but for now we’re going to give them a guy who can sit behind Tyrod Taylor for a year and learn the offense and be a potential franchise quarterback.

If Buffalo could then manage to bring in Ward with the 22nd overall pick, that would be a steal. Even though the Bills just signed CB Vontae Davis on Monday, the team still has three CBs with expiring contracts come Mar. 14.

Ward defended the boundaries at Ohio State from 2015-2017. In his 29 games with the Buckeyes, he had 67 tackles, 24 passes defended, and two interceptions. He was a consensus All-American to conclude his collegiate career, as he posted career-highs across the board.

This is Brinson’s take on Buffalo adding another corner in the first round of this year’s draft.

Tre’Davious White broke out last year but the Bills still need help at the cornerback position and could add a second stud at the position with a nice little value pick here.

Davis, Tre’Davious White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer are surely going to be one of the league’s most dangerous secondary's in 2018. Could you imagine if they added Ward to that list?

3 - NFL scouts seeking answers on QB prospects at combine
The 2018 offseason is the year of the quarterback. Specifically talking about the 2018 NFL Draft, a lot of the QBs offer tremendous upside. However, even some of the most elite prospects have questions about them that NFL clubs will be looking to answer.

The NFL Scouting Combine kicked off on Monday in Indianapolis, as special teamers, offensive linemen, and running backs were the first to arrive. Today (Wednesday), the QBs will be among the day two arrivals.

Prior to the signal-callers arriving in Indy, came out with questions to ask the 2018 draft’s top QB prospects at the NFL Combine.

Here’s what the NFL’s Tom Pelissero discovered about questions teams will be trying to answer about each of the top QBs.

Josh Allen, Wyoming
Can the mechanics keep improving?

Sam Darnold, USC
How much football does he know?

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Can you get comfortable with the guy?

Josh Rosen, UCLA
Can he be the face of a franchise?