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Titans WR Corey Davis Already Looking Forward to 2018



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Corey Davis ended the 2017 season with a bang.

Already he's looking forward to 2018, and picking up where he left off.

"I am definitely looking forward to it," Davis said. "I had ups and downs this year, and I know I have to keep working to get better.

"But this (finish) helps a lot. I know I have a lot of work to do to get ready for next season, but I am going to get better."

Davis, the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, caught two touchdown passes in the team's playoff loss to the Patriots. His first career touchdown reception was a beauty – a 15-yard, one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone on a pass thrown by Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. Davis later added an 11-yard touchdown catch to cap off a five-catch, 63-yard game.

The talented receiver showed positive signs down the stretch during his rookie season, when he gained further confidence. He also caught six passes for a season-high 91 yards in the next-to-last regular season game against the Los Angeles Rams, when he averaged 15.2 yards per catch.

Titans safety Kevin Byard believes the ending will be a "springboard" into 2018.

"I think he has grown so much over the year," Byard said of Davis. "He had to deal with adversity by being hurt, and being a top 5 pick. For him to bounce back, I definitely think that game is going to be like a springboard game for him to have a successful season next year.

"I think he is going to make a great impact, the skill set he has. He will be successful here, and he's going to be here for long time."

Veteran receiver Harry Douglas raved about the rookie's approach.

"He's humble, he's quiet, he listens," Douglas said Davis, "and I love that about him. He's just going to keep getting better, because he wants it. And the guy is going to be a playmaker."

Davis, who missed five games early in the season with a hamstring injury, ended the regular season with 34 catches for 375 yards. He had at least three catches in seven games down the stretch.

"He played well," Mariota said of Davis after his big game against the Patriots. "He made a bunch of big plays. That first play was an unbelievable catch. That's what we expect out of him and he has that ability to make those plays game in and game out."

Davis, who missed time during the offseason and in the preseason because of injuries, said he's looking forward to working with Mariota during the offseason.

In his mind, "the sky is the limit" for the Titans on offense because of the team's weapons. He's looking to make an even bigger impact in 2018.

"I am just trying to focus on getting better," Davis said. "And I am going to work hard to make sure that happens."

Titans players clear out their lockers at Saint Thomas Sports Park, signaling the start of the 2018 offseason. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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