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QB Austin Davis - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 221Born: 6-2-1989College: Southern MississippiDrafted: ---

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17 vs PIT 83 24 46 240 0 2 3 22 0 1 11.2

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2015 Week 17 vs PIT (24 / 46 / 240 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)

Davis did not play well, showing why he is nothing more than a backup quarterback. He completed just 24-of-46 passes and added two interceptions and one lost fumble. He also took seven sacks. Many of the sacks came as a result of Davis holding onto the ball too long as his pocket awareness was not good. He also struggled against pressure, which the Steelers brought often. His stat line could have looked much worse, but the Steelers defense helped him out by dropping a few balls that should have been interceptions. Davis' second pass of the game was right in Mike Mitchell's hands, but he did not hold onto the interception. Davis took a deep shot to Benjamin in the first quarter which was incomplete, but the play resulted in an illegal contact penalty. He missed an opportunity to keep a drive going in the second quarter by throwing high and behind Darius Jennings on what should have been a first down reception. Jennings was able to get his hand on the ball, which was almost intercepted by Will Allen after it was tipped by Jennings. At the end of the first half, Davis had three chances to throw a touchdown, having a pass to Terrelle Pryor broken up at Pittsburgh's two yard line and then overthrowing Travis Benjamin on the right side on the ensuing play. On his third attempt he threw a good pass which went right through Darius Jennings' hands. Later, in the third quarter, Davis threw a back-breaking interception directly into James Harrisons' hands in Pittsburgh's end zone. On the team's second-to-last drive he threw his second interception of the game on a bad pass. He had targeted Benjamin, but did not throw the ball hard enough and William Gay was able to jump in front of it easily. He was almost intercepted two plays earlier, but a diving Sean Spence was unable to hold onto the ball.

2015 Week 13 vs CIN (25 / 38 / 230 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Davis played an uninspiring game against the Bengals, throwing no touchdowns, one interception, and one fumble lost. He did show good mobility but also questionable decision-making and limited arm strength throughout the game. He was often flushed from the pocket and was forced to attempt several passes while on the run. He forced a few passes into double coverage including one that was close to being intercepted in the middle of the second quarter. His first pass of the game went to Gary Barnidge over the middle for a nine-yard pickup. He later had a great completion to Brian Hartline while running to his right that went for a first down. He followed that pass up by throwing too high to Gary Barnidge on a play that could have gone for a big pick-up had the pass been on target. His interception came in the middle of the second quarter when he targeted Brian Hartline. Davis threw the ball to the middle of the field, but Hartline had continued to run straight. It was an apparent miscommunication between the two. Davis showed his limited arm strength in taking a deep shot to Brian Hartline at the end of the second quarter. He had been running forward while escaping pressure, crow-hopped, and fired deep but the pass fell well short. Soon after, he showed some questionable decision-making in allowing time to tick off of the clock before calling a timeout with two seconds left in the half. He was called for intentional grounding twice in the second half as he simply threw the ball away to avoid taking a sack. Davis committed another turnover in the fourth quarter when he tried a pass to Isaiah Crowell in the flat. The pass was tipped behind the line of scrimmage and picked up by the Bengals for a fumble recovery.

2015 Week 12 vs BAL (7 / 10 / 77 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Davis replaced Josh McCown in the middle of the fourth quarter. He missed his first throw badly to end the series, but bounced back in a big way on the team's next drive, leading the team on a 71-yard touchdown drive to tie the game. He showed nice touch on his passes, leaning on Brian Hartline and Travis Benjamin to move the chains before hooking up with Benjamin on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Benjamin was open down the middle of the field and the pass was placed perfectly, hitting Benjamin in stride. Davis did come back to Earth on the team's last possession, failing to get out of bounds after a seven-yard rush when his team needed to stop the clock while trying to set up for a game-winning field goal attempt. In a rare display of emotion, head coach Mike Pettine was visibly upset with Davis' decision. Next week it will be interesting to see if Davis draws the start or if Johnny Manziel is out of Mike Pettine's doghouse.


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