Last November, Dolphins rookie Vontae Davis was torched by Randy Moss at Gillette Stadium. And when the Patriots met Miami again in December, Davis got off to another rough start early, yielding a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
But then, something happened. Davis, somehow, got a handle on things and helped hold Moss without a catch in the second half of that Dolphins win. He even outmuscled Moss for a pivotal pick in the end zone, and all that was enough for the Patriots star to seek out Davis afterward and tell him that he had big-time potential and to “keep working”.
“Just to be out there competing against him, holding my own, it gave me the mind-set that I could play in this league,” Davis said, per our pal Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald. “I can be pretty good in this league. That’s just a really good feeling. I just thanked God to have the opportunity.”
Davis has since emerged as one of the keystone players on new coordinator Mike Nolan’s Miami defense. And he’s someone the Patriots and Brady himself will surely be pretty aware of — from a playmaking standpoint — Monday night.
Once I got on the field, you’re thinking, `It’s such a privilege to be here, playing against Tom Brady and Randy Moss,’ ” Davis said. “But the more you get comfortable, the more you realize: It’s just football. You get used to it. I’m more comfortable going against Tom Brady and Randy Moss, but I still have to prepare.”