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Carlton Davis: Bucs Doubters ‘In For A Rude Awakening’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis is defiant about his team’s chances in the wake of Tom Brady’s retirement.

The idea of Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask taking over from Tom Brady is certainly a downgrade. However, Carlton Davis says the Bucs still have the requisite quality to compete.

As well as that, he says NFC South is an open division this year. While not exactly ‘worse’ as Carlton Davis says, New Orleans and Carolina are also beginning new eras at quarterback. The divisional title is there for whichever team can take it.


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“We’re about to do it to ’em,” Carlton Davis said. 

“Anybody who feels we’ve lost Tom — and lost something — is going to be in for a rude awakening. A rude awakening. Tom was a great addition for us, but obviously it’s a team sport. Obviously, you need components to be successful. We still have those components. And I’m only getting better.

“And our f—ing division is worse than what it was before. So, we run through the division. Get to the playoffs. Run through the playoffs and it’s the Super Bowl.”

“We’re going to wreck s—,” Davis said. “Like, wreck s—. Interceptions. Turnovers. Plays will be made. I will say. Plays. Will. Be. Made.”

Davis signed a three-year, $45 million deal to remain in Tampa Bay this March. The likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Devin White and Shaquil Barrett remain to form a still-formidable roster.


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“We’ve got to be the best in the f—ing NFL right now,” Davis said. “That’s how I’m trying to be. And you can only do that, first, starting with you. And then allowing your play to be contagious to everybody else.”

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