Friday, August 3, 2012
Davis having strong camp under the radar
By Jeff Dickerson
Chauncey Davis isn't getting the fanfare of Shea McClellin, but he's not going unnoticed.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Without fanfare, veteran Chauncey Davis continues to quietly make a case that he deserves a place in the Bears' defensive end rotation when the regular season rolls around on September 9.
Davis spent six-plus seasons in Atlanta before the Falcons released him last summer at the end of training camp. Davis eventually caught on with the Bears in the middle of November and played in six games where he recorded nine tackles, one sack and a pair of tackles for a loss.
So far in camp Davis has been paired primarily with Corey Wootton on the second team but has received occasional reps with the first team whenever Julius Peppers has needed a breather.
"When your number is called you got to go out there and perform, whether it's the first group, second group or third group," Davis said. "Training camp is hard, it's a lot on your body, but you have to push through this because this is what helps you get through the season.
"I think I did take advantage of the opportunities (I got last year with the Bears). At least they gave me a chance to come back and go through training camp with them so I just want to show them I can contribute to the defense and get the job done."
Davis' training camp experience has been the polar opposite of rookie Shea McClellin's from an attention standpoint. While fans and media have been understandably focused on McClellin, the only people who seem to notice Davis are his teammates, including middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who singled the veteran out when discussing the reserve defensive ends during a recent visit on ESPN 1000's 'Waddle and Silvy Show'.
"All my career I've dealt with other players (receiving attention)," Davis said. "But that's not going to stop me from going out there and doing what I have to do to get better and make an impression with the coaches. It doesn't have to be with the media. I don't need everything to be out there in the news about what I'm doing. As long as the coach sees it and my teammates see it, that's all that matters to me."