The Philadelphia Eagles had an amazing draft, as they were able to snag Georgia defenders Nakobe Dean at the linebacker spot and Jordan Davis at the defensive end position.
During training camp and preseason, all looked well as those two were maybe the headlines of the draft for the Eagles. Now, after the first game against the Detroit Lions, things are looking great.
While Dean hasn’t stood out as much, Davis definitely has. He is already catching the eyes of national media after his performance over the Lions.
According to Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, Davis is the highest graded rookie at his position on the week at a 74.3.
“Davis played only 22 snaps in his debut, which isn’t out of the norm for him dating back to college. He was disruptive at times, but he also got an indication of just how much tougher it is at this level, particularly when going up against Frank Ragnow, one of the best centers in the game. Ragnow regularly got position on Davis and wasn’t overwhelmed by his strength. The Eagles will be hoping Davis wreaks more havoc when he goes up against weaker opponents.”
With just 22 snaps in the game, Davis was still able to show what he can do. I think that you can make the case that, had he been in the game more, the Eagles could have stopped the run better.
With Davis on the field, the Eagles allowed just 2.9 rushing yards per attempt. Without him on the field, they allowed 10 rushing yards per attempt. That’s a big difference, even if the snap counts aren’t all there.
The defense will only get better as the season goes on. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Davis. That’s why. He will only get more looks as the season goes on, and from what we have seen, he can be a game-changer.
Davis can be one of those players that makes another team afraid to run the ball. Anytime they do, there is a big chance the play could be stuffed. He has that type of size, skill, and potential.
In the next few years, we could see one of the best run-stopper duos up front in Davis and Fletcher Cox. However, he needs more snaps. If he doesn’t get them, it could actually stunt his development.
Hopefully, we will get to see a bit more of him on Monday against the Vikings.
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