Versatility makes Demario Davis important to the Saints defense
METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Last season, Demario Davis racked up 96 tackles with the Jets. Those exploits caught the eyes of the Saints brass, and now Davis calls New Orleans home. With New York, Davis started at middle linebacker. In the Black and Gold, the Mississippi native is all over the field.
"When I first came to the league I played Will. Linebacker is linebacker; see ball, get ball. I came here to win, so whatever coaches need from me that's what I'm going to do my best at," said Davis. "It is the NFL. It is a next man up league. The more you can do, the longer you sustain. There is versatility at every level especially on defense. That is what you want to be. You want to be more, do more, and wear more hats. In our system, especially, you need to be able to wear multiple hats."
Davis turned heads with this interception of Drew Brees on Monday. In the new NFL, it's expected linebackers make plays like this.
"It's very important. It's a coverage in space league. As a linebacker, you have to be able to cover tight ends and running backs out of space and if you don't master that you're going to get exposed. That's just where the game's going. If you want to play in this league a long time as a linebacker, you have to be able to cover that line of space. That is something I take very seriously and (I am) just perfecting my craft in season and out of season, just around the board. It's a lot of intricacies in that and you just have to stay on top of it," said Davis.
Right now in training camp Davis is rotating with Alex Anzalone, Manti Te'o, and A.J. Klein at the linebacker spot. Come regular season, Davis is a favorite to start.
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