Found May 06, 2012 on The Jersey Jets Fan:

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Demario Davis: Rookie Jets Linebacker

Rookie Jets linebacker Demario Davis has only been with the team for a few short days, but he’s already earning high praise and comparisons to current NFL players. But which NFL player was Demario Davis compared to? The one and only Ray Lewis.

“Wow,” Ryan said. “This is amazing. He reminds me of Ray.”

Ryan, of course, referred to Ray Lewis, the all-time great linebacker he coached in Baltimore. This was a lofty comparison Ryan made public on the first day of rookie mini-camp, because he couldn’t hold it in anymore.

He made sure not to equate Davis to Lewis, a 16-year veteran and future Hall of Famer. But he couldn’t shake the déjà vu he felt in Davis’ passion, his mannerisms, and the way he looked Ryan dead in the eyes.

While Demario Davis may not ever be the legendary player that Ray Lewis has become, the Jets organization and fans certainly have reason to be excited. Davis is 6′ 2 239 pounds, clocking in a 4.5 40 yard dash, but it’s not just the measurables. Demario Davis plays with a fire and intensity that Jets fans will come to love. He shows a clear passion for the game and an eagerness to learn.

Most importantly in my eyes, Demario Davis is a player of high moral character. The Jets clearly need some upgrades on the teammate and character front after last year and Demario Davis might just be that guy. Davis rededicated himself to religion in his Sophomore year at Arkansas State, spending 10 weeks over the summer at Evangelist training and gave up drinking completely. His new found dedication to religion also help Demario find a leadership role in the lockerroom, just what the Jets need.

One or two times, he admitted, that entailed getting in a teammate’s face and putting him into a locker.

“When you see a guy that’s hurting the team more than helping, then everybody feels the same about that guy, it’s just what person is going to go up to them and be like, ‘Get with it or get out,’ ” Davis said. “When I see an opportunity to lead, and no one else is doing it, I feel like it is on me to step up. A team can’t be successful without leaders.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what the New York Jets need. Someone who isn’t going to take crap from anyone. If Santonio Holmes is acting like a cry baby, toss him in a locker and tell him to get on board or get out! Simple as that. Welcome to the Jets Demario Davis, I like your style. 


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