Most of the attention surrounding the Washington Commanders has been on the rookie class, and rightly so. Many of them have been early contributors with some being expected to have an immediate impact on the team.
There have been other young players who have made strides during OTAs, though, particularly last year's first-round pick, Jamin Davis.
"Jamin's a rep guy," coach Ron Rivera told team analyst Logan Paulsen. "The more reps he gets, the better and more comfortable he gets. He plays with more confidence and plays faster."
Davis, who the Commanders took with the 19th overall pick in 2021, had a turbulent rookie year. There were flashes of what Washington saw in him at Kentucky -- a strong, downhill linebacker with the ability to make plays in space -- but they were sandwiched between mistakes and some uncertainty about where he could best serve the defense.
Originally, Davis was slated to be the middle linebacker, but after seeing him play in the role for half the season, he was moved to the outside, where he seemed more comfortable. He finished last season with 76 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.
Davis was placed in the starting lineup during Wednesday's OTA, and his comfort level in the defense has improved. He showed his ability to close gaps against ball carriers during team drills, when he was the first defender to reach Brian Robinson on a swing pass.
Had it not been in practice with no pads, the play would have ended in a tackle.
"So far, things have gone really well," Rivera said. "Looks like he's really starting to pick things up."
Rivera also noted that putting Cole Holcomb at middle linebacker has helped bring stability to Davis and the position overall.
"We've got guys settled into positions, as opposed to last year when we were trying to see who does what."
The Commanders remain confident in what Davis can give them. Last year didn't end the way he wanted, but he still has the talent that warranted a first-round pick.
The hope is that he'll be able to put more of that on display in Year 2.
The Washington Commanders finished the final practice that will be open to the media before mandatory minicamp begins next week. Here are the top photos from Wednesday's OTA. (Emilee Fails/Washington Commanders)
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Thursday June 9, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Football Team.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the absence of Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson during Wednesday's OTA.
- NBC Sports Washington's Bijan Todd writes about Brian Robinson valuing veteran leadership from former Alabama teammates.
- Sports Illustrated's David Harrison opens his notebook from the Commanders' OTAs.
- NFL.com's Adam Rank writes that 2022 is a pivotal season for Ron Rivera.
- NBC Sports Washington's Bijan Todd writes about Benjamin St-Juste impressing Shawn Springs during OTAs.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Ryan Fitzpatrick's retirement.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the Commanders announcing their fight song will debut on Aug. 13.
- Sports Illustrated's Ethan Hurwitz writes about Percy Butler's progress during OTAs.
- Sports Illustrated's David Harrison looks at where Carson Wentz ranks among the NFL's deep passers.
- USA Today's Ivan Lambert reports on the Commanders announcing their home themes for the 2022 season.
- CBS Sports Shanna McCarriston writes about Ron Rivera comparing Carson Wentz to Philip Rivers.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras writes about the Commanders' secondary banking on continuity for success in 2022.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about how the Commanders want Chase Young and Montez Sweat to grow.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes that Ron Rivera believes the team and training staff are in sync.
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