For the first time since Rex Ryan became New York Jets head coach, that familiar face wearing #57 won’t be in the huddle this season. Bart Scott is no longer a Jet, and now it’s Demario Davis‘s turn to fill those shoes.
The 24-year-old Davis, the Jets’ third-round selection in 2012, spent most of his rookie year learning from Scott and David Harris, the inside linebacker tandem that have a staple of Ryan’s defenses for the last four years.
However, the Jets are going young on defense under new general manager John Idzik, especially at the linebacker spots. Ryan expects the 6’2, 240-lb Davis to take the reigns replacing Scott, which is no easy task.
But even though there’s going to be a lot more responsibility on the shoulders of Davis and his younger teammates, it’s a challenge that the second-year linebacker is looking forward to and expects great things from.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys, a lot of energy, a lot of athletic ability and speed,” Davis said. “The main thing is just all of us learning what to do, … understanding the concepts of the defense and … everybody being on the same page. We can be very effective. I’m very excited what this group of guys can potentially do.”
Even with arguably their best player traded away this offseason, Demario Davis thinks that fans should get excited about the defense the Jets will field in 2013, even if it’s not a defense built on traditional star power.
“There are some very big things, I think, about to take place, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a part of [it],” he said. “I’ve just got a feeling that some special things are about to occur. I’m not feeding into the negative. … I see it every day. I know the pieces are aligning and the stars are aligning for a very big year of the Jets.”
You’ve got to love the optimism that the young man has. Soon enough, we’ll see if Davis is right.