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Jarrad Davis wants visitors to the area he patrols at middle linebacker for the Detroit Lions to know that he’s right there, ahead of schedule, waiting for them.
On the field, as the action in front of him is slowing down with experience, he’s speeding up and heating up.
Last week’s win at Arizona was an example of how his game has progressed. David helped lead the assault that limited Cardinals running back David Johnson to 49 yards rushing and 12 yards on eight receptions. He was able to stop plays before they developed.
He was asked what it’s like to beat an opposing player to a spot, waiting for him to arrive.
“It’s awesome,” Davis said. “It’s like, ‘Hey, you’re ahead now.’ You come out of the backfield, or you come across the middle, I’m right here. I’ll be there before the ball gets there. Be ready.
“That’s how I want to play the game. I want to be physical. I want to be a force out there. I just want to be that little thing in the back of a guy’s head – ‘Hey 40’s over here somewhere.
“Keep him off his mark a little. It’s fun.”