Likeable Saints player No. 3: Demario Davis
Linebacker Demario Davis just might be the best free agent acquisition since Drew Brees, and any past, current, or future Saints fan would be honored to wear his jersey.
The former Jets star arrived to New Orleans in 2018 and faced his share of doubters: was he playing past his prime? Could Davis make a big enough impact on the Saints’ defense?
Fast forward four years later, and Davis has developed into an admired team captain and one of the most beloved players on the team. I say this with a touch of bias since the first football jersey I ever bought was that of Demario Davis, but nonetheless, his value on and off the field can’t be ignored.
Davis finished 2021 with 105 combined tackles, ten quarterback hits, seven passes defended, and three sacks, capping off an uber-productive tenth year in the league.
He’s the team’s fiercest and most fearless leader who can be found at the center of pregame huddles hyping his teammates up, and watching him speak with such raw emotion and passion even makes us want to run through a wall.
In 2022, Davis will play an integral role in leading the team’s defense back into top-5 territory, and even though he’s bounced around on a few different teams in the NFL, NOLA is unequivocally his nearest and dearest home.
You just can’t hate the guy — he bleeds the black and gold like no other.