Davis, Toler relationship goes way back

INDIANAPOLIS -- Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are linked together for more than just being the Indianapolis Colts starting cornerbacks.

Their connection originated about 600 miles east of Indianapolis. They're both from the Washington D.C. area. Toler recalls crossing paths with Davis, three years his junior, while playing football and running track. Toler also knew Davis because he's friends with his older brother, Vernon, the All-Pro tight end for the San Francisco 49ers.

Toler and Davis are back together trying to prove that there shouldn’t be any concern with the two of them at cornerback.

“He’s always been like a little brother to me,” Toler said. “I’m proud to see him grow and mature into the man he’s become today. It’s surreal sometimes. You pinch yourself. We were young growing up in D.C. and now we’re in the same locker room together trying to be lockdown defenders.”

Davis is in his second season with the Colts. Toler signed with the Colts during the offseason after spending his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Toler has already made his presence felt. He came underneath and intercepted an Eli Manning pass in last weekend’s game against the New York Giants.

“I think number one, both are physical guys,” Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. “They can play press. And they understand the game of football. ...They’re accepting the challenge and they’re going out there and playing pretty good football right now.”

Davis and Toler will be teamed with safeties Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry in the secondary. That group has seen limited time together because Landry has been out the past two weeks with a knee injury. He returned to practice Wednesday. There’s a chance he could play against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday.

“It’s like a ticking time bomb,” Davis said. “We’re trying to get all four of us on the field at the same time. We know how good we can be. Everyone says how good it looks on paper, but we just have to execute and be the best we can be.”