Jarrad Davis Struggles Again In The Detroit Lions Preseason Victory Over The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis continues to struggle in preseason with another up and down outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Friday’s victory.
Former first round pick Jarrad Davis flashed plenty of potential in the preseason game on Friday. Unfortunately, he still struggled in several fundamental aspects of the game.
Last week, New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman beat Jarrad Davis handily on an angle route for a red zone touch down. This week, Davis missed a tackle in the backfield that led to a 14 yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber. The areas of struggle are different, but the common thread is that they are both fundamental.
Jarrad Davis consistently created penetration in the preseason game against the Buccaneers, but rarely capitalized on those opportunities. Too often, Davis came in out of control and resorted to lunging rather than wrapping up and driving through the ball carrier.
Davis had a prime opportunity to notch a sack in the preseason match up and came through the line untouched, but he failed to take down the quarterback and overran the play. The play ultimately ended in a sack, but while the result worked out, the concern about Jarrad Davis is still warranted.
I have to keep reminding myself that it is still only preseason and that these games don’t count, but Jarrad Davis has to improve his play in the short amount of time before these games do start counting. That’s no easy task. The Detroit Lions did a good job putting Jarrad Davis in situations where he would have the opportunity to make plays, now Davis has to start making those plays.
Time is running out on the preseason. The Detroit Lions need to show that they are prepared for the start of the regular season.