Saints’ Demario Davis is on pace for fourth-straight 100-tackle season

Demario Davis, Saints. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Demario Davis, Saints. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints’ Demario Davis has proven to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and he’s been dominant yet again this season.

It’s tough to say the Saints linebacking corps is elite. Demario Davis is elite, but Alex Anzalone and a handful of other players that either haven’t been given time or have underperformed hurts to the unit’s credibility.

While the linebackers aren’t considered an overly strong unit, as we saw with Darren Waller absolutely lighting them up in Week 2, they still have one of the best all-around players at that position in the NFL.

Set for another terrific season, Davis has been the leader in the middle for New Orleans.

He has 36 tackles through five games which put on pace for well over 100 in 2020. His four tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, and two sacks may be career-highs if he ends up with about triple his current number.

At 31, Davis continues to impress. Having left the Jets in 2017 after putting up the most solo tackles in the league, Davis joined the Saints and immediately made his presence felt.

In the last two seasons, he’s ended with 110 and 111 tackles respectively. He’s on pace for just over 115 this season which would be the second-best of his career and his best while with New Orleans.

It’s not just his volume tackling that’s impressive but also at what efficiency he manages to do it. Davis has just a 5.3 missed tackle percentage. While that down from last season, both were far below his first season in New Orleans.

That said, with five players at 50 or more, Davis has a massive upward battle to catch the league’s tackle leaders.

With his elite pass covering speed, hard-hitting ability, and football intelligence, Davis has continued to prove he’s among the best linebackers in the league without being up among the top players in overall tackles.

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Now, the Saints just need Anzalone, Zack Baun and Kaden Elliss to step up and help him out.