Lions’ Jarrad Davis closes successful rookie year

January 1, 2018 GMT

Detroit — Jarrad Davis’ rookie season went about how you’d expect it to go, given how much was thrust on his plate from day one.

There were flashes of greatness, the type you’d expect from a first-round pick with extraordinary athleticism, and significant bouts with inconsistency, both in coverage and with missed tackles.

The coaching staff reduced Davis’ role mid-season, to remove some of his coverage responsibilities on obvious passing downs. It allowed him to focus on what he was doing well, while developing his deficiencies on the practice field.

“Most definitely. It makes things a lot easier when you don’t have so much to worry about.”

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Davis was back to a full workload in the season finale, and he finished with a team-high 12 tackles, while also recording his first interception.

“It felt really good to be back out there, and just get the experience again being out there on third down and knowing what’s going to come my way,” Davis said.


A natural leader who is intrinsically motivated, Davis already has his sights on coming back a better player in 2018.

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“I feel like it could have been a lot better, but I came on toward the end,” Davis said. “Experience is what I needed and I came out here I got it this year. I know what to do to get better and I look forward to this offseason, just going to work.

“Looking at my performance, I felt there are so many things I could have done better, that could have helped put us in better situations in many games,” he said. “Seeing that, knowing what I need to work on in the offseason, and taking an approach that’s pure hunger, each and every day and not letting anything slip, I don’t see why we can’t come back next year and turn this thing around and get to where we want to be.”