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How Demario Davis Came Back a Different Person

Jets ‘Backer Happy to be ‘Home,’ Grew On and Off Field in CLE


Jets LB Demario Davis is excited to be wearing green and white yet again.

"I'm so happy to be back," Davis told the media following Tuesday's OTA practice. "It feels good to be back home. This is my football home. I just praise God for bringing everything full circle like that. I wanted to be back here in the Big Apple, the place I was drafted. I'm excited to get started."

The Arkansas State product spent his first four seasons with the Jets (2012-15) before taking a year hiatus with Cleveland, where he ranked second on the team with 99 tackles. A three-year starter for the Green & White, Davis racked up 313 tackles and started all 48 games in that span.

The six-year veteran wasn't stunned on being traded, saying, "You don't know in this business, so you always stay on your toes when anything happens. Knowing and understanding that, you have to stay light on your feet." Davis had only positive things to say regarding the Browns organization and said his time in Northeast Ohio was invaluable to his career moving forward.

"I came back a different person," he said. "I grew a lot in leadership. Being on a team that had a young locker room, I had to grow a lot and learn how to lead the young guys. And I grew as a human being in that, mostly in relationships and how to relate differently to different individuals.

"I also grew as a player. It was almost like an isolation at the end of last season where I was really able to check my game and see where I was at. I realized there were areas of my game that were deficient where I should be strong. I've been decent in the run game, but I haven't done so well in the pass game and blitzing, so I spent an incredible amount of time in the offseason preparing myself. Had I not been in the situation that I was in last year, I may not have had stopped and looked at myself in that way."

While Davis wouldn't tip his hand on what he did specifically to polish his craft, he's excited to see his improvement on the field. Head coach Todd Bowles said the 6'2", 248-pounder is in the mix for the starting Mike linebacker spot along with Julian Stanford and Bruce Carter after David Harris was released Tuesday.

"I'm just ready to help the Jets pursue a championship," Davis said. "I'm ready and willing to help them in any role that the coaches see fit."

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