Thinnest Jordan Davis earns NFL education this spring

PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Davis looked in the mirror recently and noticed something.

The reflection looking at him was more toned, he said. Her face was thinner. His arm muscles, he added, were also beautiful. Even his mother noticed that he was losing weight.

“I think it’s just continuous work,” the Eagles rookie defensive tackle said last week. “We are still working. Every day is something. That works. You do this work and obviously the weight will go down and keep in mind I get paid to do what I do, I get paid to be at my peak so I just cut back.

“You can’t just go out and eat everything in the world. You have to eat everything in a bit of moderation.”

Davis tackles professional life.

It helps to have veteran leadership to show you the way, and the Eagles have a defensive line packed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, from Brandon Graham to Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave.

It’s easy to look at Davis and say, yeah, he’s huge. No matter how thinner he gets, Davis will still be a force at 6-6 with a listed weight of 336.

The thing is, there are huge players all over the league.

His teammate Jordan Mailata is 6-8, 380, to name one.

There’s always someone bigger, so Davis can’t settle for his height.

“I’ve seen a lot of big guys who are big and powerful, but it’s about working your art every day and working out the details because that’s how you get beat,” Graham said. “A lot of guys with gifts, they don’t work on the details, so that’s where you’re out of position and that’s where you’re not as productive as you could be.

“I’m just letting him know, keeping his mind fresh on that because it looks like he’s taken the defense pretty well. I don’t see any mental error on his part at the moment. It’s just about being technically sound on what he works on every day.

Jordan Davis

Davis said he tries to soak up everything he can from veterans along the D-line, especially Cox, a player he says was something of a role model when he started playing at play in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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“He’s still training me,” said the first-round rookie of the former first-round veteran. “I feel he wants me to be the best player possible for the good of the team.

“Just having him around, just having the guys, it’s like a vet loaded defense, so these guys are always going to push me to be my toughest, push me to be my best and I just want to be my best for the team and give my best in Philly.

“Technique” is a word that comes home to teammates and coaches.

“Football has always been about inches, but, really, it’s amplified in the league,” Davis said. “You might get away with a missed hand or not put your hand directly on a bag or a man (in college), but in the league somebody can slap that hand and you go against people who are just as good as you or even better, so I always say technique is the great equalizer.”

Although he learned how to become a pro and succeed in the NFL, the rookie is still having fun, something he said won’t change because, he said, “football is a fun sport. , it’s also a chore, but we just want to have fun every day. It’s just in life. You don’t want to go through life with a bang, without a smile, to have fun, to make jokes, you want to have fun.

Says Graham: “You can tell he’s a prankster, an old soul because he knows all the old school songs. He sings and dances. We have to take care of him a bit, like. “Dude, you’re a rook, come on, dude, don’t come here with all that.”

“But we try to let him have his own personality. I love seeing him. He’s comfortable.”

Graham added that Davis was “pushing a big weight like it’s nothing.”

Davis said bodybuilding is different than in college. It is more suitable for specific positions. In his case, the defensive line.

“You don’t just lift weights to lift it, there’s a reason, there’s a purpose and a reason, a motion for it,” he said. “You work on your explosion, you work on your hips, which translates into line D play.

As Davis’ press conference wrapped up last week, he was asked who the strongest player on the team is.

Her response: “I don’t want to start crying, but I could give someone a hard time, but anyway, you’re all having a great day.”

He then clapped his hands on the table, unfolded his immensity from the small folding chair behind the table where he was sitting, and strode away.

Ed Kracz is SI.com’s Fan Nation Eagles Today editor and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles Where www.eaglesmaven.com and follow him on Twitter: @kracze.