Dominique Davis Shows Bright Potential vs. Bengals

Dominique Davis Shows Bright Potential vs. Bengals

Jay Adams

Published August 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Dominique Davis’ brother once told him that he can’t focus on other people’s success. He has to instead focus on his own first.

That’s the mentality he’s taken into a quarterback battle that has quickly and interestingly heated up in the first two preseason games, and it seems to be paying off for the undrafted rookie out of East Carolina.

Davis hit the field during Thursday’s 24-19 loss to the Bengals down 24-13 and almost led the Falcons’ backups to a final-minute win, starting his night in the middle of the fourth quarter by going 8-for-8 and finishing the game 11-of-18 for 121 yards and a touchdown.

After the performance, Davis had a typical quarterback reaction to his play.

“We didn’t finish. We got the L,” Davis said. “I’m a guy that’s very hard on myself. If we don’t get the W, I’m very hard on myself. That’s all I can really say. There’s something to look forward to next game.”

Despite his critique of himself, he could very well find his name on the 53-man roster when all is said and done. By all accounts, Davis has had a very nice camp and continues to show improvement every time he steps on the field.

And others have taken notice.

“I thought Dom did a great job,” starter Matt Ryan said after Thursday’s game. “He came in there in the fourth quarter, scrambled around, made some plays with his legs, made some plays with his arm. He’s a guy that works hard every day and is getting better. He’s getting better day in and day out, and it’s amazing how you can see it with the rookies, the young guys. Their improvement is leaps and bounds, and I think he’s doing a great job.”

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