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Demario Davis turning into premier defensive player

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Inside linebacker Demario Davis #56 of the New York Jets celebrates alongside teammate strong safety Jamal Adams #33 against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Inside linebacker Demario Davis #56 of the New York Jets celebrates alongside teammate strong safety Jamal Adams #33 against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Although 2017 has been an up-and-down season for the New York Jets thus far, there are indeed some positives to take away from how the team has played, and one of those positives comes in the form of 28-year-old linebacker Demario Davis.

Standing 6’2” tall and weighing in at 242 pounds, linebacker Demario Davis, who spent his collegiate career playing at Arkansas State, was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After being drafted, Davis was held in high regard by then head coach Rex Ryan, and his first four seasons with the team went well.

Between 2012 and 2015, Davis played solid each season, but his strongest season came in 2015 when he recorded 79 total tackles and 116 combined tackles, establishing himself as a well-versed defensive player. At times, however, it seemed as if he was somewhat overshadowed by other Jets defenders such as David Harris, who was once the team’s top linebacker, Darrelle Revis, who returned to the team in 2015, and Muhammad Wilkerson, who was emerging as a star during that time period as well.

In 2016, Davis signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, tallying 59 total tackles and 99 combined tackles in that season. On June 1, 2017, however, he was traded back to the Jets, and since then, it’s become increasingly clear that he’s developing into a premier defensive player.

With Harris and Revis no longer with the organization, and Wilkerson seeming to have a down year, Davis has emerged as the team’s top defensive player, leading the Jets in both total tackles, with 60 thus far, and in combined tackles, with 82 thus far. He also leads the team with 3.5 sacks.

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Similar to how the team has had an up-and-down 2017 season overall, the Jets’ defense has also had its highs and lows throughout the first 10 games.

Despite some inconsistencies, however, the Jets defense has a bright future, to say the least. With young playmakers like Darron Lee, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye all providing immediate impacts early in their respective careers, the green and white have a lot to work with on the defensive side of the ball.

And with a plethora of young talent, Davis has solidified himself as the man to lead the pack. Although still young in his own right, Davis’ experience and resilience have helped his development immensely. 

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In a rebuilding season, the Jets are likely pleased to have Davis back on their roster. Once possessing one of the most feared defenses in the league, the Jets will look to get back to that point moving forward, and Davis will be relied on to play a primary factor in that.

And that may not be a bad thing.

After all, Davis has proven that he’s well on his way to becoming an elite defensive force in the NFL.

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