Demario Davis is not happy with his Saints teammates that aren’t at OTAs

The New Orleans Saints have a few notable absences during voluntary OTAs, and veteran Demario Davis believes that’s a bad sign for where the team is going.
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Demario Davis is the veteran leader for the New Orleans Saints, and he’s never been afraid to speak his mind. He demonstrated that once again on Tuesday, speaking to the media about the fact that not all Saints players have been in attendance for the team’s voluntary OTAs. Simply put, Davis is not thrilled that New Orleans doesn’t have 100% participation.

The veteran linebacker used the back-to-back Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs as the standard, saying Kansas City probably has 100% participation. Davis feels that if the Saints and the rest of the NFL are chasing the Chiefs, they can’t afford to do less than them.

Demario Davis wishes the Saints had 100% participation in OTAs

For the purpose of facts, the Chiefs have not had 100% participation during this year’s OTAs. Kansas City has had quite a few guys miss practices, including Travis Kelce. However, it doesn’t really seem like that’s the point Davis was trying to drive home. Davis is simply saying that the Saints are far from their goals, so they should be taking advantage of every opportunity to get better.

This message is especially noteworthy because among the absent Saints are a couple of Davis’ fellow veteran leaders. Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore are the two guys whose abscences have made the most headlines. Head coach Dennis Allen has spoken on the absences, saying that he wishes everyone was there but he understands players have other responsibilities, and he trusts that they’re still getting ready for the season.

Demario Davis, on the other hand, is making it very clear, in front of everyone, that he wishes those two, and everyone else, was in attendance. The Saints have six more voluntary OTA practices left, so it’ll be interesting to see if Davis’ words have any impact on the attendance of the remaining practices, or if guys will continue to stay away until mandatory training camp.