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Colts spotlight: Vontae Davis set to defend Dolphins

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He could end up trying to slow Mike Wallace

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 8:46 am

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second week in a row, one of the Indianapolis Colts' key starters will be facing his former team as cornerback Vontae Davis meets his old Miami Dolphins teammates.

Last week, Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey faced his former team in the Oakland Raiders.

Davis came to the Colts in a 2012 trade that sent a second-round and conditional draft pick to the Dolphins. Miami, incidentally, drafted Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor with that 54th pick.

Davis is now part of a solid secondary that includes cornerback Greg Toler and safeties Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry.

Here's a quick look at Davis:

Ht: 5-11; Wt: 204; Age: 25; Route to Colts: Acquired in 2012 from Dolphins for second-round and conditional draft picks

Fast stats: Davis is three tackles shy of 200 for his career and had 12 interceptions in his first four seasons, including three with the Colts in 10 games last season. Two picks came against Houston last December, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Davis on playing the Dolphins: “It's fun because I was actually in the locker room with some of those guys, so I know a couple guys there. But still, it's still NFL Sunday. We have to go out there and compete like any other Sunday.”

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin on Davis: “He's playing well. He's a very skilled athlete and he's got good physical toughness, good instincts. He can play a variety of coverages. He's not a guy that has to play just one thing. He can press. He can play off. He plays the ball well. I think the Colts have obviously done a nice job with him.”

Davis on Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace: “Everybody knows Mike can run. He's a fast guy, got a lot of ability and I'm pretty sure they're looking forward to using Mike to make different mismatches. We've got a challenge ahead of us with Mike Wallace and also Brian Hartline. They've got real good receivers.”

Davis on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill offering different challenge than Oakland's Terrelle Pryor: “He's more of a pro-style quarterback. He's going to sit in the pocket, he's going to make the throws. He can make all the throws. So right now we've got our hands full against a good Miami team that's coming into Indy.”

Davis on how his game has changed since joining Colts: “Just the situation, being that coach (Chuck) Pagano is a defensive back coach, he can relate to the defensive backs a little bit more. I've got very good coaches, well-rounded coaches here in Indy.”