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Sean Davis Could Be The Safety The Steelers Have Been Looking For

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Sean Davis is the newest Pittsburgh Steelers defensive rookie to make an impact in the 2016 season.

The 2016 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been the year of the defensive rookies, and Sean Davis has added his name to the list of players who have made an impact in their first season. Steelers fans have seen Artie Burns and Javon Hargrave both have great games, and Sean Davis had his best day against the New York Giants in week 13.

In the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, a bright kid named Sean Davis found himself living out his dream when he was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers to play safety alongside Mike Mitchell. At the University of Maryland, Davis was a standout athlete as well as a standout student. He speaks English, French, and Chinese, was on the Honor Roll for the Big Ten Conference in 2015, and stayed through his senior year to get his degree in Communication.

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As a senior, he led his team with 70 solo tackles as well as having 88 total tackles. He ranked second in the entire nation with five forced fumbles, and also had three interceptions. He made 50 total appearances including 40 starts in his four years at the University of Maryland, and his experience has shown in his first season with the Steelers.

He got his first start against the Baltimore Ravens, only fitting for a kid from Maryland to get the promotion right on time for his return to the state where he started his football career. He finished that game with three tackles and the Steelers lost the game, but coach Mike Tomlin saw something in Davis that he liked.

“He’s just growing. He’s a young guy who is getting better every week and everyday, more importantly he’s gaining experience through repetition. The more experience he gets, the less mistakes he makes, the more opportunities we give him. It’s as simple as that.”

That experience and repetition helped Davis continue to improve and have a great game win week 13 against the New York Giants. Davis received one of the highest grades from Pro Football Focus for the Steelers defense with an 82.9. He caught as many passes as the Giants did on balls that were thrown in his direction. He caught one interception and allowed one reception for 13 yards to Will Tye. He talked about his performance and the importance of his first career interception after the game.

“Yeah, the game is starting to slow down. I’ve got my confidence up. . . Yeah, it is part of doing our job [and] being in the right place at the right time. And then going up and getting it.”

The Steelers travel to Buffalo to play the Bills this week where Davis will get a chance to start against a versatile quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. If the Steelers want their winning streak to extend to four, they will need Sean Davis to improve on his career game as well as be a leader to the other rookies on the defense.

Statistics and quotes referenced via Pro Football Focus and Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide