Jamin Davis has entered the building.
After being drafted 19th overall out of Kentucky in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team’s newest linebacker has arrived at the team’s training facility in Ashburn. The first person to greet Davis at the door was the same man who gave him the news he’d be dressing in Burgundy and Gold: head coach Ron Rivera. Davis didn’t hide his excitement.
“Coach!” Davis exclaimed as he and his new leader embraced for the first time. The bond between Davis and Rivera will likely grow over time -- the latter was a former NFL linebacker himself and has made his ability to build stellar defenses his trademark in the league.
From there, Rivera introduced Davis to Doug Williams, former Super Bowl MVP in Washington and current WFT senior advisor. Williams greeted Davis along with his parents, who came along to tour the facilities with their son.
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After touring the area in which he will spend a lot of time over the next few months -- the weight room -- Davis’ next introduction was with his position mate, Khaleke Hudson. After being drafted in the fifth round of last year’s draft, Hudson accumulated 14 tackles as a linebacker for WFT in 2020.
“I just got drafted last year, I play linebacker too. So if you need anything, need to know anything about what’s gonna happen, how you gotta think, what’s gonna go wrong, I’m here for you bro,” Hudson told the rookie. “Take my number down if you want to.”
That’s something Washington Football fans will really love to see: a late-round pick who found his way into the 53-man squad giving words of affirmation to a rookie. Hudson and Davis will likely compete for snaps, but Hudson still wants to be there for Davis as a mentor and teammate.