New Orleans Saints’ Demario Davis: What makes an elite linebacker?

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Demario Davis
NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 04: Alex Anzalone #47 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates an interception with teammate Demario Davis #56 during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Future Of Demario

It’s only been a season and yet I think it’s safe to say that Demario Davis is the best linebacker that the Saints have seen in the past decade. His teammates all seem to hold him in high regard as shown by his selection as a team captain despite being a newcomer to the program. He’s signed with the team for another two years at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if New Orleans were to try and extend his stay.

Davis is outspoken about his praise for the team and the city of New Orleans as a whole. Right now, both sides of the agreement seem to be happy with what they are getting out of the decision to sign Davis.

The team brought him to the first playoff game of his entire career, and Davis repaid them by leading the team in tackles and trying to earn the respect of all of his teammates. Having a happy coexistence is the perfect incentive for a player to continue improving their game. I believe Davis will do what it takes to stay with the black and gold.

New Orleans has always achieved the most when the team fields a successful defense alongside Drew Brees. When the team won the Super Bowl in 2009, it was won by an interception by Tracy Porter rather than a game-winning drive by Brees.

Right now, even despite the slip of the young secondary last season, the team has its best defense in years. Most of this success can be attributed to the man literally in the middle of it all, Demario Davis.

There is obviously some work to be done in regards to passing coverage, but Davis seems motivated to earn the respect of everyone. Teammate and Saints’ defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has already commented that Davis is a “Hell of a player” and a “true leader”. Davis could possibly separate himself as the central voice of the Saints defense in years to come.

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Cameron Jordan is undeniably the best defensive player on the Saint’s roster. But it is much easier to have the vocal leader of the defense in the middle of the field instead of at the end of the line. Expect big things from Davis going into his second year gearing up for Who Dat Nation.