(FootbalStL)- Austin Davis will be making just his sixth NFL start on Sunday as the Rams travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs, but his ability and confidence have made quite an impression on fellow former Southern Miss QB and future hall of famer Brett Favre.
"Not to sound of my rocker, but [Davis] -- in my mind -- can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner," said Favre. "Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."
That opportunity came in the Rams' opening season loss to the Minnesota Vikings, when veteran backup Shaun Hill went down with an injury in the first half.
Hill was replacing Rams' starter Sam Bradford, who was lost for the 2nd season in a row to an ACL injury. That Bradford injury allowed for the Rams to bring Davis onto the active roster as a backup to Hill.
Davis was unable to bring the Rams back from a 13-0 halftime deficit, but was impressive after being thrown into the fire, going 16-23 for 192 yards.
Davis' reps with the first team have helped him evolve into a quality starting quarterback in the NFL and he's shown the potential to compete with the best quarterbacks in the game...at least that's what Favre believes.
Davis set the record for completion percentage against a defending Super Bowl champion in the Rams' last game, going 18-21 (86%) in a Rams' 28-26 victory. Davis also produced the second-highest completion percentage ever posted against the Seahawks. Oddly enough, Favre holds the initial mark with a completion percentage of 88 against the Seahawks in 2009.
That's one of the few things Davis trails Favre in. Davis broke all of Favre's passing records while at Southern Miss and became the only other Southern Miss alumni to start more than one game in the NFL.
Now, after establishing job security as the Rams' signal caller, Davis is looking to improve a Rams' team that's been near the middle of the pack for the last couple of seasons. Who knows, maybe if he plays to the ability Favre believes he can, he'll surpass some of Favre's NFL numbers too.