Detroit Lions linebacker Jarad Davis has seen his snap count down significantly this season.
Davis, a 2017 first-round draft pick from Detroit, has struggled to produce at a consistent level in head coach Matt Patricia’s plan.
General Manager Bob Quinn decided to reject Davis’ fifth-year option before the season.
With a price tag of about $ 10.089 million for its fifth season, the investment did not mean much to a player who is not a three-down linebacker.
In 2019, Davis was ranked 94th out of 99 linebackers, as classified by Pro Football Focus.
Davis racked up 63 tackles in 11 matches played last season.
Devin Bush’s season-ending ACL injury leaves a hole in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense that they should fill.
According to a recent report, Davis may draw some interest from the AFC Central powerhouse.
According to Athletic:
“The former first-round pick fell out of favor in Detroit as his snacks have diminished. With many unemployed or rarely used inside linebackers, Davis is more of a run-blitting, downhill, certainty than a coverage linebacker. The form is more than the tackling liner, but there is no obligation in coverage.
Mike Tomlin liked him coming out of Florida in 2017. The Steelers sent him for a pre-draft trip that year. Tomlin likes to reconnect with players, whether through trades or free agency after the fact. Davis is a free agent next year, after which the Lions declined their fifth-year option. Many believed the Steelers were going to draft him in the first round in 2017. Fortunately for him, he did not take nine picks to TJ Watt later. “
Detroit of this past, Detroit entered into an agreement with veteran Reggie Ragland, further hinting that the team is ready to move on without Davis.
Ragland has seen a steady increase in his snap count in 2020, while Davis and Jahalani Tavai have seen his decline.
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