Demario Davis: Emerging Team Leader

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Demario Davis just had a huge impact on practice on Wednesday. Davis jumped a Geno Smith quick out to Clyde Gates and took it in for the score in team drills. He showed his speed by blanketing Jeff Cumberland during skeleton drills. Davis’ coverage skills have flashed so far in camp. Then he matched up against Jace Amaro on the outside and he almost came away with another interception on a quick slant. 


Davis on Ed Reed Teaching Players in the Film Room:

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater,

“It was big when we had Ed Reed here,” said inside linebacker Demario Davis, who had a monster practice on Wednesday. “He showed us how to really watch film. The big thing he told us was, you know, you learn something, you see something, just trust what you see.”

Davis on the Team:

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater,

“What it seems like is that, it seems like too many people are saying we can be the best defense or we are the best defense, but the work has to show it. You know, as far as me seeing it, have we been putting in the work to be the best defense? I would say no. In the first couple weeks, we’ve got to work a lot harder. Guys have to put more individual time in, you’ve got to watch a lot more film, you’ve got to stay on the field a lot longer, you’ve got to come out a lot earlier.

“It’s not just what is mandatory. If you want to be the best you’ve got to do more. Being the best doesn’t just happen. So I’ve seen a lot of people saying that. I’ve said it myself, but personally, I don’t feel like we’re putting in the work right now to be the best. We have a long way to go and right now we’re not on pace to be the best. We’ve got to start fast this year. We can’t afford to try to catch fire late in the season. We’ve got to start fast.”

“That’s what our coach asks of us,” Davis said of getting turnovers. “We’ve got to be able to get more turnovers. Rex made a huge point that we’ve got to be able to get more turnovers. I think that’s kind of what separates the best defense in the league from the eighth defense in the league, or whatever we were. [The Jets ranked 11th in total defense last year.] Today was a step in the right direction. We’ve still got a long way to go, to be where we really want to be. We want to be the best. Today was a huge step in the right direction.”

You never know until you really watch the film (of practice), but it seems like today was a step in the right direction,” he said. “A key to being great is being good consecutively. We’ll really know if it was a step in the right direction if we can do the same thing tomorrow. You can’t have a hot day and then have a bad day, and then say you’re having success. We’ve got to be able to stack those days up.

“Guys are starting to get it. We’ve got a young team. The only way that you’re going to be able to advance quickly and be ready to perform at a high level on Sundays is if you take time to do extra. You’ve got to spend extra time in the film room. We’ve got guys who are doing that. We’ve got guys who are staying out there (after practice), working on their footwork, working on things that the coaches said they need to work on.

“That’s kind of what’s starting to show up on the field. Early in training camp, I don’t know if guys were doing it as much, but now they’re starting to get it. We’re a young team, and guys need to understand what it takes to win, and everybody is starting to get it. The work precedes the results.”

“I don’t think anybody said we are the best,” he said. “I think guys said we can be the best. That’s just the way we feel. We really can, but the only way we’re going to be the best is if we’re putting in the work. It seems like we’re going in the right direction with that. Our goals are extremely high for ourselves. The things that you’re hearing are not just words. It’s coming from a place. It’s coming from deep down, and (we are) confident in who we are. But the work has to precede the glory.

“We have to be able to do the same thing tomorrow. We can’t say, ‘OK, we had a great day. Let’s just go in and act like everything is all good.’ We have to put that work in, and be able to replicate that tomorrow. If we don’t, then the success may have just been smoke.”

Davis on Wednesday’s Practice: 

Demario Davis continued the trend by saying, “That’s what our coach asks of us. We have to be able to give him more turnovers. Coaches tell you how to win, it’s on the players to go out and execute. Rex (Ryan) made a huge point that we have to be able to get more turnovers.”


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