OWINGS MILLS – It looks like defensive tackle Carl Davis will be one of the Ravens’ most important rookies this season.
The status of defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) is uncertain for Week 1 against the Broncos, and injuries have been an issue for Jernigan during his brief career. If Jernigan can’t go in Denver, Davis could be in the starting lineup Week 1, and or at the very least see significant playing time.
Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Falcons will be another chance for Davis to show the coaching staff that he is ready for prime time.
“It’s been a busy preseason for me anyway,” Davis said. “I’ve been out there a lot, getting a lot of reps. Honestly, I’m enjoying it. It’s helped me get prepared for the season, and I know the season’s going to be intense.”
Davis’ progression has been on the fast track since training camp began. At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Davis has shown the athleticism to play anywhere along the defensive line.
What has been the biggest transition from college at Iowa to the NFL?
“The tricks of the game,” Davis said. “Offensive linemen are smart. They got so many different techniques.”
Does Davis have his own tricks?
“I’m working on some right now,” Davis said smiling.
After the Ravens selected Davis in the third round in May, he was adamant that he expected to be drafted higher. He remains determined to prove his point, and is using his perceived draft snub as motivation.
“I’m not saying it’s me, but some people, if they get picked first round, they might get complacent,” Davis said. “It’s kind of a chip on my shoulder to keep on going.”
The learning curve will continue Thursday night, as the Ravens use the final preseason game to prepare Davis for the regular season. He is looking forward to it.
“If I play the whole game, that’s fine,” Davis said. “I played 60 snaps versus Philly. I feel I can do anything now.”