Rex Ryan sees some Ray Lewis in rookie Demario Davis

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Praise doesn’t get much higher for a rookie linebacker than to be compared to Ray Lewis, but that’s the comparison Jets coach Rex Ryan made today after seeing rookie linebacker Demario Davis at practice for the first time.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that after the Jets’ rookies took the field at today’s minicamp, Ryan singled out Davis, a third-round pick from Arkansas State, as having similar “natural leadership skills” to Lewis.

Ray Lewis motivated me as a coach,” Ryan said. “That’s rare for a player to do that [and] have that kind of ability. I’m not saying Demario is that guy, but . . . and there’s only one Ray Lewis . . . but it’s interesting. His face. His mannerisms. Passion. I see some things. . . . You either have it or you don’t and it seems like he has it.”

Ryan may be reining in some of his brash talk after last year’s Super Bowl prediction went bust, but he still isn’t afraid to say so when he likes what he sees on his team.

“We think we’re special here,” Ryan said. “I know we had a bad year. Granted . . . I’ll say that with every statement, but I know one thing: We want it to be special. You play in this league, but can you play for the Jets? Again, we want that attitude and that mentality… that this is the place to be. We want everything you got. . . . I think that young man understands it.”

37 responses to “Rex Ryan sees some Ray Lewis in rookie Demario Davis

  1. Shocking, everyone that the Jets bring in reminds Rex of a fantastic player…. Davis is Ray Lewis, Hill is Calvin Johnson, an undrafted free agent will be Barry Sanders…. too bad for Rex football is played in reality…. and the reality is that the Jets have two horrible QB’s, an overrated RB and a severely overrated defense…

  2. What an amazing organization and off season the Jets have had. First they trade for the one of the most influential people in the world and then in they draft two future HOF’ers as Rex compares Davis to Ray Lewis and Hill to Calvin Johnson.

    Any day we will once again hear how the Jets are the team to beat and will “another” Lombardi Trophy.

    Maybe the Jets should first try to win their 4th division title since 1970 ?

  3. Ray Lewis is a unique player, so I wouldn’t take that comparison too seriously under any circumstances. People are always looking for the next Lewis, Brady, Rice–but those guys are one of a kind. Still, Davis may have the potential for greatness and Rex is a good coach and motivator. But he’s just made so many out-there comments on so many topics, unfortunately, you can’t put much stock in anything he says anymore.

  4. Just yesterday Rex was channeling someone into Stephen Hill. At this rate the Jets will need an exorcist. Oh wait, I forgot about Tebow. Now it all makes sense !

  5. Jabba the Jet said what? “We think we’re special here,”

    thats hilarious whooda thunk

    really? I thought you had foot in mouth disease

    the Jabba just cant shut up can he? he cant help himself just blah blah blah blah all over himself

  6. Rex knows when he sees a good football playa Davis’s will be starting lb this year Rex will coach this Guy. UP.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rex is right. Rex is always right. Rex has Tebow. Tebow has connections. Connections are good. Rex is good.

  8. He was referring to how well the guy handled his steak knife in the cafeteria.

  9. hes not even talking about Davis’ playing ability, but rather his “leadership” ability. I know leadership is important and all but a rookie with leadership skills will not have a significant impact on an NFL roster….

  10. That’s like the kiss of death from Rex Ryan.

    Remember when he saw Terrell Suggs in Vernon Gholston?? Kerry Rhodes was the next Ed Reed?

  11.  11 6 
    Deb says:
    May 4, 2012 4:39 PM
    Ray Lewis is a unique player, so I wouldn’t take that comparison too seriously under any circumstances. People are always looking for the next Lewis, Brady, Rice–but those guys are one of a kind. Still, Davis may have the potential for greatness and Rex is a good coach and motivator. But he’s just made so many out-there comments on so many topics, unfortunately, you can’t put much stock in anything he says anymore.

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    Ummmmmm Rice?? Don’t think so. The closest Rice comes to Barry Sanders is in his Gumbo.

  12. And Tebow is the nest Steve Young! And Stephen Hill is the next T.O. Does this guy ever get tired of listening to himself?

  13. Hope it’s not the part that gets him involved in a double murder then rats out his friends in order to walk free.

  14. Rex Ryan why haven’t you told everyone your going to win the super bowl??? It makes my spring when I hear the Jets are going to the big show…Come on man aren’t you good at opening that pie hole??? Well I’ve got ganggreen in last place this year with three wins boys, so Rex going to the unemployment office will be coming soon….

  15. Guaranteeing that Sanchez, his rookie QB, would win a Super Bowl worked out so well for Rex that he’s now comparing the new crop of rookies to NFL Hall of Famers.

    No pressure guys. Your head coach’s job is just riding on you getting to the big game this year (the first year he hasn’t guaranteed it.)

  16. This big mouth fat a** just gone mad. Some thing is wrong with, he just keep dreaming about Super Bowl which he will never able to get. Shut up big mouth fatty..

  17. Rex only watches them from the knees down…so a lot of people favor one another to him. I bet he can tell you what shoesize everyone in the 1st round of the draft has…

  18. deathtoromo says:

    Deb says:
    Ray Lewis is a unique player, so I wouldn’t take that comparison too seriously under any circumstances. People are always looking for the next Lewis, Brady, Rice–but those guys are one of a kind. Still, Davis may have the potential for greatness and Rex is a good coach and motivator. But he’s just made so many out-there comments on so many topics, unfortunately, you can’t put much stock in anything he says anymore.

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    Ummmmmm Rice?? Don’t think so. The closest Rice comes to Barry Sanders is in his Gumbo.

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    I was referring to Jerry Rice. My comment was about great, one-of-a-kind players.

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