The New York Jets drafted Dsemario Davis in the third round in the 2012 NFL Draft. Davis just finished his second pro year after replacing Bart Scott as a starter in the defense. Davis has shown speed and leadership attributes.
In 2012, Davis played 16 games, (starting 3) with 22 tackles and 4 assists. It was enough to make him a starter. In 2013, he started all 16 games with 1 sack, 63 tackles and 44 assist.
Davis adds speed to the Linebacker position:
Davis started showing his speed in high school. He was a wide receiver and high jumper there. Davis would eventually turn himself into a linebacker with great speed.
His speed helps on coverage and pursuing a receiver, or making a pass deflection on a play. He covers tight ends and running backs with no problem.
In the home opener against Tampa Bay, with 1:51 remaining in the game, the Jets were up, 15-14, with Tampa Bay looking at a third-and-10 at its own 37-yard line. As the Bucs QB Josh Freeman threw to a wide-open Jackson, who got away from safety Dawan Landry’s tackle and broke free for a shot at the end zone.
However, Davis yanked down Jackson at the Jets’ 26. The Jets held the Bucs to the go-ahead field goal, and they eventually won the game. Davis’ touchdown-saving tackle was huge.
The Jets Needed Speed in the Linebacker Unit:
The Jets linebackers were slow in the 2012 season, and Davis added the speed the Jets were missing. Davis is building his own style and is not only a run-stuffing middle linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He has been asked to cover tight ends one-on-one over the middle of the field. Davis’ ability will allow him to play multiple roles. On top of all of that, he has shown leadership to go with his athleticism.
Davis’ Impact as a Starter:
The second year inside linebacker has been excellent against the run and very solid in coverage. He has sideline to sideline speed. Davis is also helping to create more turnovers and get to the quarterback a little more. The Jets needed linebackers to be able to diagnose a play, and not be fooled by opposing offenses.