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Young Eagles Star Off To Great Start At Training Camp

The Philadelphia Eagles training camp has moved into the second week. The players are now practicing in shoulder pads for the first time this summer. This means that position battles are heating up. One of the players that has risen to the occasion is Eagles first round pick, Jordan Davis.

Training Camp Report

Jordan Davis has reportedly taken first team reps this week as Fletcher Cox is recovering from Covid-19. He has taken full advantage of the opportunity. In Monday’s practice, Davis showed quickness and closed off running lanes. He even recorded a tackle for a loss. 

Davis also won many of the one-on-one drills against offensive lineman last week. Many of them were second team players such as Jack Anderson, Kayode Awosike, and Josh Sills. While these players are not likely starters, it is great to see the first-round rookie take care of business when given the chance.

Where Does Davis Fit Within The Eagles?

Jordan Davis was selected with the 13th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. He played nose tackle for the University of Georgia and helped the Bulldogs win their first national championship in over 40 years. Davis was a unanimous All-American, Chuck Bednarik Award recipient, and First-Team All-SEC during his 2021 college season. He was a much-decorated college football player and now looks to be a major contributor to the Philadelphia Eagles defense. 

The Eagles have historically played in the 4-3 front with four defensive lineman and three linebackers. Many of the current Eagles defensive lineman such as Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Javon Hargrave excel in this scheme. Jordan Davis is a nose tackle and played in a 3-4 style in college. 

The Eagles are likely to play in a hybrid scheme this season. This makes sense as they have players that can play both styles of defense. It also means that Jordan Davis will have to diversify his game. He was primarily a run-stopper in college and did not have to rush the passer.

Jordan Davis will be asked to do much more than stop the run in the NFL. He will have to be more athletic and get into the defensive backfield. Rushing the quarterback will be an area of improvement for Jordan Davis and the Eagles who were second to last in number of sacks last season.

In Conclusion

It is great to see Jordan Davis make an early impression at training camp. He has a huge frame at 6 foot 6 and 340 pounds, so staying conditioned at that size is a challenge. It looks like he is ready for the season and will make the most of his opportunities. Look for Jordan Davis to be a significant part of the Eagles’ defensive line rotation in 2022 but take on an even bigger role beyond.

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