Eagles’ Desai on Jordan Davis: ‘Go find another human being that looks like him’

In his rookie season, Philadelphia Eagles DT Jordan Davis got off to a great start. Davis started five of the first seven games; he recorded 14 total tackles and had four quarterback pressures.

However, Davis suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 8 and missed three games. 

After the injury, the 13th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was not the same player. He finished the 2022 season with 18 total tackles. 

Coming into the 2023 season, Davis, who listed at 6-6, 336 pounds, appears to be in fantastic shape.

On Friday, Eagles defensive coordinator Sean Desai discussed how great Davis has looked at this point.

“I love the shape that he’s come in; I love the mentality that he’s been playing with,” Desai said. “I love what [Defensive Line] Coach [Tracy] Rocker has done with him to keep him motivated and keep him going. It’s early. We want to see that day in and day out. We’re a long ways away from playing a regular season game right now, so it’s about focusing on that process and being mentally tough enough to go through that process and play at the same level every day in this heat, in these conditions, and those things are real. That’s really what we want to see of everybody, including him.”

Desai was asked about Davis as a pass rusher, and according to him, not many players look like the Davis.

“You see him,” Desai said. “Go find another human being that looks like him, so I think that part of it. There are not many people built like that. He’s strong. He’s fast. He’s quick. He’s powerful. It’s about putting it all together and then us helping him put it all together and getting the right combination of guys in there and being impactful. But we just need guys to be really great right now with the techniques that they’re learning and the fundamentals. That’s really the primary focus of this.”

The 23-year-old looks the part, and if he stays healthy, he would’ve had a very good rookie season. With Javon Hargrave off to the 49ers, Davis will have more of an opportunity to make a significant impact for the Eagles in 2023.

Eagles’ Brown, Davis shine Sunday night

Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles held a practice in front of almost 30,000 fans. 

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks, QB Jalen Hurts was 11/18, touchdown. That touchdown was a beautiful 30-yard pass to A.J. Brown.

In addition, rookie DT Jordan Davis, who has been impressive at camp, showed off his tremendous strength. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni discussed what he sees from Davis.

“Size, strength, right? Just a big man who is still figuring out the NFL,” Sirianni said. “That’s an ongoing process.What you see more than anything is just the sheer size of the man and then just his strength. The guys that we went against that have that enormous size in the middle right there, they pose problems.

“So that’s what’s stood out the most to me so far.”

Brown, who was traded to the Eagles from the Titans in the offseason, and signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the team, was excited by the fan support on Sunday night.

The Eagles continue to prepare for their preseason opener, which is Friday night at home against the Jets. At this point, Sirianni is unsure how much the starters will play against New York.

“Still sorting through all that,” he said. “We don’t have to make that decision until Friday. We’ll probably make it a little bit sooner than that, but still sorting through that. Last year we played them, I want to say two series each. We felt like that was a good formula. I’m not committing to that yet. But we’re still thinking it through at this time.”

Eagles’ Davis: ‘I just want to do anything I can to help’

On Thursday night, The Philadelphia Eagles moved up to the 13th pick after trading with the Texans for picks 15, 124, 162, and 166.

Following the move, the Eagles grabbed former University of Georgia DT Jordan Davis.

Last season, Davis(6-6, 340 pounds), who won the Outland Trophy(presented to the best interior lineman) and Chuck Bednarik Award(given to the best defensive player in college football), had career-highs in tackles and sacks.

After the selection, Davis, who is known for ability to stop the run, reacted to becoming a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Q. What was the moment like for you, and how much interest did you think the Eagles had in you during this process?

JORDAN DAVIS: It was extremely unreal getting a call. 30 seconds earlier, before the call, you hear that they moved up and you got the phone call, and you knew that they really wanted you. It was crazy. I talked to [Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager] Howie [Roseman] on the phone, and then it was like, man, this is a dream come true.

I knew the Eagles were interested in me. They were one of three of my Top-30 visits, so I [had] already been to the facility, and I saw how it looks and I saw all the staff. I’m just really excited to be here.

Q. Just curious when you talk about that pre-Draft process and meeting with the Eagles, do you remember who you were talking to, was it just Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman? Was it Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni? Was it Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon? What did they tell you about the organization, and what did they tell you that they liked about your skill set? 

JORDAN DAVIS: They liked how I was as a defensive player. They thought I could be a great addition to the D-Line. You have guys like [DT Javon] Hargrave and Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox], and those are [some] of the best people. Those are guys I watched growing up. So, to be an addition and to help the team, I just want to do anything I can to help.

Q. Could you explain more about your relationship with Eagles Defensive Line Coach Tracy Rocker and your early interactions with him dating back to several years ago? 

JORDAN DAVIS: D-Line coach Tracy Rocker, he recruited me at Georgia when he was there and gave me an offer. I talked to him and stayed in communication with him. To be able to work with him and just get to work. You can obviously see the type of work that he does, and he can put in the work. I’m really excited.

Q. As you know, in the pre-Draft process, a big question was about how you can affect the game in the passing game. How do you think you can do so?

JORDAN DAVIS: My get-off is getting faster. I’m getting after the QB, I’m working bags, and I’m just willing to learn. You have great guys in the defensive room that can teach you little tools and can teach you a lot of things. Schematically, we’re similar to what we were doing in Georgia. So, it’s like going into the same place with the same playbook, it’s just different terms. It’s definitely going to be a smooth transition. I just have to get in that playbook and learn the nuances of the game.

Q. You said you mentioned beforehand that you watched video of DT Fletcher Cox and tried to emulate some of the stuff into your game. What’s some of the stuff you took away from that video, and what’s it going to be like playing next to him now, and what can you take away from him now that you are both on the same team? 

JORDAN DAVIS: Just how dominant he is. He put in a lot of work to get where he is now. If he can do it, I feel like I can do it. Just soak in all the information, soak in all the teachings that he will give me. He’s a vet. He’s well represented in the league, not just on this team, but all across the league. Anything he says or any knowledge he drops, I just want to soak it up like a sponge.

Q. You tested as this unbelievable athlete at the Combine, all these crazy results. Are there any like crazy athletic things that you can do that we might not know about, like a back flip or anything like that? 

JORDAN DAVIS: I do back flips in the pool, jumping off the edge, I don’t know if that counts. Pretty solid at basketball if you want to know. I know Coach [Sirianni], when I was on my Top-30 we were shooting around, and I lost in a game of Pig. But other than that, I’m just an athlete. I’ve played sports all my life and I will continue to.

Q. How did you react after you lost? I am sure that is what Coach Sirianni wanted to know. 

JORDAN DAVIS: You have to give your respect, man. When an athlete beats another athlete, they really put in the work, and he spends a lot of time down there and he trains. Maybe next time I see him, we can run it back and get a rematch in.

Q. What’s the strongest aspect of your game, and how good are you at taking on double-teams and people coming at you and whatnot?

JORDAN DAVIS: Being a run defender is what my bread and butter is. That was the first thing I learned at the University of Georgia. Just being a run defender, being stout in the middle, making sure I could get out, get off, be an athlete, make a play. That play-making ability and also being stout in the middle and being selfless, not selfish, because it takes a lot of selflessness to take two defenders so your linebackers can run free, or your safety can come down cracking the B gap. It’s one of those things I learned along the way that I’m going to continue to carry with me.

Q. You were obviously part of a stacked defensive line at Georgia with Travon Walker, Devonte Wyatt and Jalen Carter. Obviously, it probably didn’t help your stats much, but how much did it help you get to this point playing with those guys day-in and day-out in practice and everything? 

JORDAN DAVIS: We push each other to be the best and we talked about this day for a very long time. Jalen’s time is coming this time next year, so I’ll be watching out for that. It’s just we work together. Those are the guys you have memories with, you bleed, you sweat, you cry with them and just to have that and those memories and to win a National Championship alongside those guys, you’re going to carry that forever.