You can often see Demario Davis on the New Orleans Saints sideline with a Man of God headband on during games. The headband is now synonymous with Davis as his strong Christian faith is present with him at all times. While his values are tied to a high power, us mortals here on earth should recognize Davis in another light. That light would be one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
Since Davis’ arrival in New Orleans in 2018 his stellar play on the football field hasn’t always translated to the recognition he most certainly deserves. Despite the fact he has finished in the Top 15 the last 3 years in tackles, was graded as the best coverage linebacker in 2019 by Pro Football Focus, and has anchored Top 10 defenses the last couple of seasons, Davis has yet to make a Pro Bowl. Even more ironic is the fact Davis has made 2 All-Pro teams in the last 3 years even though he has been a Pro Bowl snub.
Davis certainly isn’t one to look for attention. He lets his play on the field speak volumes as well as the exemplary work he does in the community. Davis was also awarded some off-field accolades as he was the recipient of the Bart Starr award last season which recognizes outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community. His play on the field may be coming around to finally getting the recognition it deserves.
The Top-10 LBs entering the 2021 season— PFF (@PFF) May 26, 2021
Which LB got snubbed? pic.twitter.com/299NdY93zv
Outside of Alexander Johnson at number 10, each of the other linebackers listed in PFF’s top 10 have made at least one Pro Bowl. The fact that Davis is ranked in the Top 5 here regardless of position shows that his stellar play is starting to garner the attention it deserves. With the Saints being thin with experience at the linebacker position this year, Davis will once again have to rise up and play at an All-Pro level to solidify a position group and defense with some question marks.
Everyone widely expects Davis to continue his high level of play this upcoming season. His leadership will be key as he mentors the young linebacker core to play up to expectations as well as be a team leader with Drew Brees retiring. Davis is primed and ready to take on any challenge that may befall him and look to conquer all obstacles. Y’all better recognize.
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