Washington Football Team training camp profiles: Linebackers
Experience: 16th season
Draft Status: 2005 first-round pick, 14th overall
2019 Stats: 16 games (16 starts), 112 tackles, one sack, three pass defenses
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2020 Outlook: Davis may be 37, but he has shown no signs of slowing down so far. Last year for the Los Angeles Chargers, he was a solid starter in their 4-3 defense. The long-time Carolina Panther knows Ron Rivera and his system well and should have a chance to start in 2020.
Davis could easily be Washington’s leading tackler this year. He’s simply such an active player and is consistently able to put himself into plays and get to the ball. He may not play as many snaps as he has been accustomed to in season’s past, but he’ll be important to Washington because of his skillset and leadership abilities.
Expected Role: Starter and locker room leader. Davis may not be the starter by the end of the season. But at least to begin the year, having him on the field makes a lot of sense. He can serve as a steady contributor on defense and, more importantly, a locker room leader for a young Washington Football Team.
Status: Roster lock. Washington wouldn’t have signed Davis just to keep him around in training camp. Having him for just a month and then losing him would do more harm than good for their locker room. Even if he regresses in the twilight of his career, he can still serve a solid backup and an invaluable team leader.