Carl Davis: Ozzie Newsome’s Next Gem?


Since I am not a home grown Baltimore Ravens fan, I was not zoned to view the game last night. However, thanks to NFL Network, I was able to catch the game and it’s entirety this afternoon. Overall, I was impressed with the first team offense. Joe Flacco looked comfortable and even though it was only one drive we saw the new exciting wrinkles of Marc Trestman’s offense. 

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However, I wanted to focus on a player on the defense that jumped off the screen: rookie defensive tackle Carl Davis. Since Timmy Jernigan was sidelined with an injury for this game, Davis got the start and played the majority of the game Thursday night. He made sure to make the most of his opportunity. On the second defensive possession of the game, he made his presence felt by stuffing Mark Ingram for no gain on 3rd-and-1, which forced the Saints to punt.

Davis continually made his presence felt throughout the game by adding two more tackles, one of those being for a loss along with a quarterback hit. Baltimore Ravens Official Reporter Garrett Downing tweeted this fact about Davis this afternoon:

The Ravens selected Davis with their 90th overall selection in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. I personally had Davis with a mid-second round grade and was thrilled when he fell to the Ravens in the late third round. Davis was also very shocked that he fell so far. Shocked is probably the best way to put it as Davis was not very happy at all that he wasn’t selected in the first two rounds. He definitely has something to prove and is playing with a chip on his shoulder.

Dean Pees loves to rotate players along the defensive line to keep everyone with fresh legs, which has proven very effective as the Ravens have produced a top-ten front seven for many years. The departure of Haloti Ngata has been overblown, in my opinion, because the Ravens are so talented across the defensive line and Davis began to prove that fact last night. The Ravens appear to be in good hands with young talent like budding superstars Brandon Williams, Jernigan and the promising rookie along with other contributors Lawrence Guy and veteran Chris Canty.

Jernigan slipped out of the first round last year and Ozzie snagged him in the second round in last year’s draft, and now Ozzie looks to have another steal in Carl Davis.

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