The team traded for Davis in the days before Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts and had planned to quickly get him up to speed in the offense in order to play him a significant number of snaps. However, the Broncos found themselves down 17-0 by the midway point of the second quarter in Lucas Oil Stadium and had to move into no-huddle mode on offense.
And after just three days of practices Davis wasn’t quite ready for that. So, the end result was nine snaps worth of duty, no catches, and he was targeted on just one pass from quarterback Peyton Manning. With a full week’s worth of work this time around, however, the Broncos fully intend to up Davis’ workload this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“He's been good, he's much more -- I don't want to say involved -- but he's much more comfortable this week with the entire game plan as compared to last week,’’ Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “ … The fact that he was on the field helped some other guys get open. … Yeah, he's definitely going to play more. We got down and got into some hurry-up verbiage at the line of scrimmage. Those are the things that he wasn't up with us on, so that's why he kind of got the lost [snaps] there at times. He's much more available this week from the standpoint of what he knows.”
Davis said, “It's just about being patient and getting the work done to be ready,’’ and called Manning “the kind of teacher I’ve been around before.’’
Davis did spend extra time after practices this week working through some things in the game plan. The Broncos got 105 yards receiving combined from the team's tight ends in the win over the Green Bay Packers and last Sunday in Indianapolis Owen Daniels had 102 yards on six catches to go with a touchdown -- it was Daniels' first 100-yard receiving game since Dec. 11, 2011, against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Broncos were in a two-tight end formation on 21 snaps, penalty snaps included, against the Colts, which tied a season high (they also had 21 snaps against the Minnesota Vikings) and the Broncos also used a two-tight end, three-wide receiver set on two plays against the Colts.
More of those types of things are likely in the offing as Davis gets more comfortable in the offense.
“That's the biggest thing is working with and listening to Peyton's verbiage, listening to him talk and changing how we do things,’’ Kubiak said. “Peyton's much more comfortable with him this week and he's much more comfortable, too.’’