Is LB Jarrad Davis the Odd Man Out?

John Maakaron

On Friday, Detroit continued to bolster its linebacking unit by agreeing to contract terms with linebackers Reggie Ragland and Elijah Lee.

Recall, Ragland was a draft prospect that Lions fans hoped would be targeted by Detroit in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Ragland ended up being selected by the Bills in the second round of the 2016 draft.

The additions will certainly increase the competition at linebacker -- a position that desperately needed a makeover following a subpar 2019 collectively. 

Detroit also added veteran Jamie Collins to add versatility and experience to head coach Matt Patricia's defensive scheme. 

At this time, it is expected that Collins will play the EDGE, while Jahlani Tavai, Jarrad Davis and Christian Jones also return in 2020.

Davis has frequently been the subject of heavy scrutiny among supporters of the Lions. 

Coaches, though, have continued to publicly support Davis. And the organization even went so far as to publicly shoot down a random trade rumor that surfaced last week. 

Davis clearly has the support of Patricia and the organization, despite his performance on the field often hurting the team. 

Davis was among the lowest-graded linebackers, per Pro Football Focus. And his plethora of missed tackles must frustrate all involved when reviewing film. 

The addition of Ragland could seriously ramp up the competition for his job -- or at the very least, impact the number of snaps that Davis plays in 2020.

Could Davis subsequently be the odd man out?

He is likely going to be given one final opportunity to prove his worth. 

If his play doesn't improve drastically, he could end up cut like veteran Devon Kennard -- and sooner rather than later.


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Comments (4)
No. 1-4

Ragland is very similar to Davis - Wonder if Davis gets cut


His time is up in Detroit


The pro game includes being able to translate your college game to the pro level. JD just hasn’t been able to do it. Run backs, tight ends just seem to get through, by him. Even when he takes a good angle on runner, they escape his grasp, tackle. We as fans, would love for him to succeed. Not just for the Lions but after being drafted, many of us went back, looked at film and felt like we got to know him. We want him to do well on a personal level. And so when he misses tackles, assignments, we tend to kind of take it personal. Same for them all. All Lions players. But we NEED TO WIN! When your game ain’t cuttin’ it, you need to be. Sorry.

Lion Man
Lion Man

JD is one of those legendary draft mistakes Lions are so skillful at.....with TJ Watt on board, they went with JD who not even on college was a standout......looks like we have Matt Millens avatar in Allen Park....