Saints LB Davis: Prepping amid a pandemic

Demario Davis
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By: Mark Menard

"You wanna make sure that you stay ready because you don't wanna have to get ready"

That's the mantra of New Orleans Saints standout linebacker Demario Davis, who says the COVID-19 outbreak that shut down the country was not a hindrance to his preparations for the 2020 season

"Even with the pandemic hitting, it didn't do too much to throw off the way I train and get ready for a season," Davis said. "I think it helped in the fact that I get to spend more time with my family - my wife, my kid.  But as far as training goes, I do a lot of individual training, custom workouts and drills and whatnot. So this actually works to my advantage except for the time I don't get with the team."

Davis joined Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic on the Community Coffee Saints Hour Tuesday night on the Saints Radio Network, and he discussed the enthusiasm he has for one of the team's new offseason additions: third-round draft pick Zack Baun.

"I think he has a tremendous skillset from what I've seen in college," Davis said of the former Wisconsin Badger. "Any time you have a linebacker that can pay downhill, get in the backfield, cause disruptions in the run game and can wreak havoc in getting toward the quarterback, he's gonna have a great chance to mesh well in our defense.

"I think the biggest thing for him is to come in, learn what to do, learn what they're asking him to do... then go and play lights out."

Davis said that the Saints' defensive coaching staff is adept at giving rookies the tools and the opportunity to shine right out of the gate.

"We've seen young guys such as Chauncey [Gardner-Johnson] come in and have a lot of success early in this defense," Davis said. "Marshon [Lattimore] came in and had an impact right away. Marcus Williams, Marcus Davenport, so you've had young guys come in and have an impact right away. Minimal roles that became much larger. And I can't see any reason why he can't do that and help in our unit."

You can hear Davis's full interview by clicking the podcast link.