The New York Jets entered free agency in dire need of help in this area.
Talking about a speedy linebacker who can make plays sideline-to-sideline.
Enter Jarrad Davis, who ran a 4.56 at his Pro Day at the University of Florida in 2017.
That is the speed of many safeties.
Davis likes to run around the field and make tackles like a heat-seeking missile.
“When I’m on the field, it’s like, ‘See ball, hit ball,'” said Davis.
Davis was the Detroit Lions’ 2017 first-round pick, picked 23rd overall.
But Davis’ was a kind of victim of Murphy’s Law in Detroit, in other words, whatever could go wrong, did.
Like when he landed on the COVID-19 list in November, 2020, forcing him to miss time.
In the 2019 preseason, he was carted off the field during an August 24 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills with a severe high ankle sprain, and the injury was a problem all year. He tried to play on it throughout that season, and suited up for 11 games, but the injury clearly hurt his effectiveness.
Some believe that Davis, who was picked before Matt Patricia arrived as Lions coach in 2018, was a bad fit for that coach’s defensive scheme.
With his run-and-hit style, and rare linebacker speed, Davis seems like an ideal fit for the system Robert Saleh and coordinator Jeff Ulbrich are installing with the Jets, that allows great athletes to run around and make plays.
The Jets certainly hope so, and are banking on it, giving him a one-year deal for $5.5 million with a chance to earn up to $7 million with incentives.
It will be really, really interesting to see how this signing turns out.
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