Reasons to be even more excited about Eagles rookie Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis, #90, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jordan Davis, #90, Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz, #11, Washington Commanders (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

2. Jordan Davis is learning from a Hall-of-Famer and 2021 Pro Bowler.

There’s a benefit to being behind a potential Hall-of-Famer and a 2021 Pro Bowler on the depth chart. One enters the league without pressure. The rookie has been learning from Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave. That’s a nice situation to be in, but he’d better soak up as much as he can as quickly as he can.

There’s a chance that Cox and Hargrave are both off of the roster when we arrive at the next offseason.

Jordan Davis made his NFL debut on September 11th of 2022 during the regular-season opener in a game versus the Detroit Lions. He didn’t necessarily light up the stat sheet while only seeing 22 snaps. Two tackles were the result of a long-awaited debut.

Jordan Davis success can’t be determined by numbers, at least not right now. He must be judged by impact with the time he has earned, and he’s most certainly done that. Following his debut, he was rated as Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded rookie interior lineman in overall impact, run defense, and tackling. He also notched the second most snaps of any rookie defensive tackle during Week 1.

Davis was also ranked 24th among defensive tackles, but he hasn’t been a one-week wonder. Currently, PFF ranks him first in total defense among rookie defensive tackles and 18th in total defense among all of them. You have to go back to 2019 to find someone ranked higher. Through the first four weeks of the regular season (the first 84 snaps of Davis’ career, he’s tallied eight total tackles, five quarterback hurries, and one tackle for loss.

Again, with added reps and experience, those numbers will increase. Hopefully, that will be sooner rather than later.