Demario Davis

Demario Davis

33-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New Orleans Saints
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Davis’ quality of play is high to the point that it sometimes undercuts his IDP utility – drives that would move the chains against lesser defenses instead end at Davis’ hands – but that’s offset somewhat by his year-to-year reliability. In his four seasons with the Saints he’s hovered around the 110-tackle mark while supplementing his tackle production with standout numbers as a pass rusher — 16 sacks in four years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year restructured contract with the Saints in July of 2022.
Agrees to one-year extension
LBNew Orleans Saints
June 24, 2022
Davis and the Saints agreed on a contract restructure Friday that will keep the linebacker signed through the 2024 campaign, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis' base salary will drop slightly in 2023, but he'll still be eligible for hefty incentives during each season remaining on his new three-year deal. Last year, the veteran linebacker earned second-team All-Pro honors after registering his fifth straight season with more than 100 tackles and will likely continue being the leader of the Saints' defense moving forward.
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New Orleans SaintsSaints 2021 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
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99087%
50845%
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Measurables Review
How do Demario Davis' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
248 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.19 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
32 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Even with his increasing recognition, Davis might be the most underrated linebacker in the league. He's been a shutdown force both against the run and the pass, and he reliably gets to the quarterback when he's sent on a blitz. Davis' play is so good that it ultimately limits his tackle upside - passes his way often hit the ground, and drives have a way of ending sooner because of his presence - but he's still posted 221 tackles over his 1,883 snaps with the Saints. That projects to about 117 tackles per 1,000 snaps, which is generously complemented by nine sacks in the same sample (roughly five sacks per 1,000 snaps). The fact that Davis has just one interception but 16 passes defended in that sample implies the potential for an imminent interception spree, too. His relatively modest tackle production generally leaves him short of a top-12 projection at linebacker, but his sack and turnover upside could lead him to overachieve relative to that calculation.
Known for his standout athleticism and ability to switch between inside linebacker and edge rusher as a third-round pick in 2012, Davis has reached his full form in the last two years, emerging as a sideline-to-sideline pursuer capable of finding the quarterback often. Davis enjoyed a strong 2018 season, hitting 110 tackles and five sacks, but his production was even better with the Jets the year prior (135 tackles and five sacks). It might be too much to expect another five sacks in 2019, but there's room for tackle growth, particularly given his 2018 total of 877 snaps.
Davis has always been known as a versatile and highly athletic linebacker, yet he struggled to put it all together before his enormous 2017 season, when he bested the prior year's tackle total by 36 while posting a career-high five sacks. With an ability to switch between edge and off-ball defense, Davis should continue to see opportunities for tackles and sacks both. Expect tackle regression here – Davis' 1,118 snaps from last year is an improbably high total – but the sack production could be repeatable given how many leads the Saints are likely to play with.
Davis' first season with Cleveland did not disappoint, as the 28-year-old linebacker recorded 99 tackles, two sacks, two pass defensed and one forced fumble in 16 games (15 starts). The 28-year-old has recorded at least 90 tackles the past four seasons, a trend that will likely continue, especially considering the fact that Christian Kirksey will be moving to outside linebacker this season. All this considered, Davis could garner some IDP value in deeper leagues this year.
Davis is an athletic linebacker still looking to make his mark on the league, but in Cleveland he'll have a chance to take ownership of the inside linebacker position after playing in David Harris' shadow with the Jets. Davis' 90-tackle total from last year is disappointing, but a deflated snap count (851) likely is to blame, and his productivity his whole career was likely dragged down by his heavy special teams workload. Even while playing 291 special teams snaps between 2013 and 2014, he managed to post 222 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He should take a step forward in Cleveland.
In his third season last year, Davis finished with a career-high 116 tackles and 3.5 sacks, while he also recovered two fumbles. Those totals followed figures of 107 tackles and one sack in 2013, highlighting Davis’ steady development into a high-quality linebacker. Heading into the upcoming campaign, Davis should continue to benefit from playing behind the Jets’ disruptive defensive line, and the presence of new defensive-minded coach Todd Bowles is another reason to consider Davis’ upside in fantasy leagues.
Considering the Jets allowed just 3.4 yards per carry last year, Davis' first year as a starter appears to have been quite a success. He finished with 106 tackles, one sack and one interception, and there's reason to believe he'll be even better in 2014. With a full year of experience on his side, Davis should be more able to capitalize on his rare athleticism. With 4.5 speed and excellent lower-body explosiveness, Davis has clear upside as a potential sack source on the inside of Rex Ryan's defense, especially with the best three-man defensive line in football occupying blockers.
Davis is expected to start at inside linebacker for the Jets in 2013.
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Highly effective in age-32 season
LBNew Orleans Saints
January 17, 2022
Davis logged 105 tackles, three sacks and seven pass breakups over 16 games in 2021.
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Returns from COVID list
LBNew Orleans Saints
December 29, 2021
Davis (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Lands on reserve/COVID-19 list
LBNew Orleans Saints
Undisclosed
December 24, 2021
Davis was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, per the Saints' official site.
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Leads team in stops
LBNew Orleans Saints
December 13, 2021
Davis recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one pass defended in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.
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Tallies six stops
LBNew Orleans Saints
November 16, 2021
Davis recorded six tackles and one tackle for a loss in Sunday's 23-21 defeat to the Titans.
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