Friday, May 10, 2013

Jets 'backers Davis, Harris challenge each other


With the departure of veteran defender Bart Scott this offseason, second-year linebacker Demario Davis has been automatically upgraded to a starting inside 'backer gig.

Davis thinks the transition will be a smooth one thanks to his dynamic with fellow starter David Harris. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

“He challenges me more in the mental portion,” Davis told Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “I try and challenge him more in the physical portion, making sure he’s keeping his wheels going, keeping his speed up and making sure he’s agile. It’s a give-give situation.”

Gang Green certainly hopes the duo's self-proclaimed cohesiveness pays off.

Harris bursted on the scene as a second-rounder in 2007 and has been the team's most productive linebacker since. But despite his high tackle numbers, he wasn't the same player last year. A steep decline in Scott's play since his joining the Jets in 2009 certainly didn't help Harris, either.

That's where Davis, a 2012 third-round pick out of Arkansas State, comes in.

“It’s definitely a bigger responsibility stepping up to not only be a force on the defense but to be a leader on the defense," Davis said his taking over for Scott. “Taking hold of this thing is something I’m looking forward to.”

Davis saw time in all 16 games last year, tallying 36 tackles in limited action.

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