4 Washington players who didn’t prove their worth in 2021
By Jerry Trotta
2. Jamin Davis
This one’s tough now that we’ve learned that Jamin Davis was technically playing out of position all season. However, being a first-round pick comes with lofty expectations and Davis looked like anything but a top-32 prospect.
Playing in the MIKE linebacker role on Washington’s defense, Davis’ rookie growing pains lingered throughout the campaign. While he excited fans with the occasional splash play, his overall performance was wildly disappointing.
For the year, Davis played just 56% of the defensive snaps, which is low to begin with for a first-rounder. However, it looks even worse when you recall starter Jon Bostic was lost for the year after Week 4 against Atlanta.
The No. 19 overall pick out of Kentucky appeared in 16 games (eight starts), across which he compiled 76 tackles (three for loss), two QB hits, one sack and a pass defended. He also missed 12 tackles, while allowing an 87.8% completion rate in coverage and a 105.5 passer rating to opposing QBs, per Pro Football Focus.
While we’re excited about what the future holds for Davis as a weakside LB, the fact he struggled adjusting to the MIKE role suggests he was over-drafted and has created another roster hole for the front office to fill this offseason.