At 6’6″, 340 lbs, Jordan Davis is a living tank on the football field compared to other veterans he shares the field with.
His personality though has shined through in the early portion of practice for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’m always going to be myself.” Jordan Davis said after practice in early June. “It’s football. It’s a grind. I’m not going to sit here and be one person in one aspect and another person in a different way. I’m just going to be me.”
That infectious personality has rubbed off on some of the older players as well. After teammate Fletcher Cox told reporters after OTA’s that he is looking to teach Davis as much as he can, the team itself has been impressed with the level of speed and skill Davis plays with.
Of course, Jordan Davis’ combination of strength and speed go back to his days as Georgia’s top run stopper on one of the greatest defenses in college football history. Head Coach Kirby Smart was adamant that Davis’ numbers in college don’t tell the whole story.
“I love Jordan and what he did for our defense is incredible. I don’t think you can measure the statistics and what he did for our defense. Jordan has been a tremendous part of that. It was a bigger bonus to our defense from a confidence standpoint, in a run-stopping standpoint, than probably any other measurable stat that we have there.”
Jordan Davis ended up going back to Georgia after Eagles practices ended and pranking the National Championship winning-head coach.
One of the main questions surrounding Jordan Davis when he came to the team was his ability to play three downs for the Eagles defense. Since it seemed like he was limited in Georgia.
Surrounded by first round talent, Davis was primarily focused on stopping the run for the Bulldogs and only was a two down player. That doesn’t mean he CAN’T be a three-down phenom for the Eagles.
“He was the most dominant player that I’ve seen in college football. You don’t move him, he anchors the line. He’s physical, and he’s developed even more as a pass-rusher. I’ve never had one like him,” Smart later added.
Jordan Davis also trusts in the plan the Eagles have in place for him as well.
“They (Eagles coaching staff) have a plan for me. I know here I will have the opportunity to play all three downs. I’m just trying to learn and get acclimated with the playbook.”
Davis also made sure that the question of rushing the passer really comes down to technique and the fundamentals he is currently working on.
“Everything is fundamentals. Everything from pass rushing to run stopping, it’s all broken down. Once you get those little nuggets in, it just translated to your game.” Davis added.
Still, it was Davis’ goal to be a little slimmer by the time the season rolls around to better prepare himself for the grueling NFL schedule. It’s accordingly gone well to this point for Davis.
“I think I look a little slimmer. My mom said I was slimming down, my face is getting slimmer. It’s just continuous work. We’re working every day. I’m getting paid to be at my peak so you can’t just go out and eat everything in the world.”, Davis said to reporters.
Davis’ confidence shined through at Georgia, and it’s shining in the early stages of Eagles camp as well. If the work ethic that Jordan Davis has shown matches the production on the field, the Eagles could be looking at the next best defensive lineman on their roster.
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