Jets wide receiver Corey Davis is set to take the field on Sunday against his former team, the Titans, for the first time since the organization let him walk as a free agent this offseason.
Tennessee declined the fifth-year option on Davis’ contract last May, allowing the 26-year-old to become a free agent after last season and sign a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets in March. It wasn’t a tough decision to leave the franchise he played with for four seasons, Davis said Wednesday, but he noted the Titans also didn’t make much of an effort to retain him.
Asked if that bothered him, Davis was honest about feeling a tad scorned by the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2017.
“A little bit, I’m not going to lie to you, a little bit,” he said. “But God doesn’t make mistakes and I’m truly happy to be here.”
Davis added: “I guess they just wanted to go in another direction. It’s all part of the business. I couldn’t take it too hard.”
Despite having a history with the Jets’ Week 4 opponent, Davis said it feels like just another week and he’s “not going to make it any bigger than what it is.” He confirmed he still keeps in touch with a few Titans players. On the field, Davis said he recognizes a few faces within the Tennessee defense. But he didn’t have much advice to give the Jets defense on how to contain running back Derrick Henry, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Davis, however, repeatedly said it was an important week for his new team as the Jets search for their first win of the season.
After pulling down five catches for 97 yards with two touchdowns in the Jets’ season-opening loss to the Panthers, Davis has cooled off in the past two games. He caught two out of five targets for 8 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Patriots and totaled just 41 yards on five receptions — with multiple drops — in the ugly road loss to the Broncos last Sunday.
“First and foremost, we have to eliminate the [mental errors], the self-inflicted wounds and give ourselves a fighting chance,” Davis said. “The Titans are really good, they’re well-coached, really disciplined. We’re going to have to be on our stuff. No negative plays, just stay on track.”
When Davis was with the Titans, he and A.J. Brown forged one of the NFL’s most productive wide-receiver duos. Davis was a key piece in the Titans’ offense and served as quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s No. 2 option, but Brown and Henry, who were both selected to last season’s Pro Bowl, were who opposing teams mainly focused on.
Davis was brought in to be the Jets’ No. 1 receiving option, and he quickly noticed the difference in how opponents cover him. He said he and the coaching staff will have to continue to find ways to create space.
Amid his current struggles, however, Davis said he doesn’t want to think too much and plans to control what he can control.
“I do hold myself to a higher standard,” he said. “Understanding that we are a younger team, I know these boys are kind of leaning on me a little bit more than in months past, but that’s something that I want. It’s something that I’m ready for. We just got to do a better job. I’ve got to do a better job of helping these guys out.”