Jets Rookies Demario Davis, Josh Bush Earn First-Team Reps

When the New York Jets selected Demario Davis and Josh Bush in the 2012 NFL Draft, we identified some specific skills that could make each player useful in different substitution packages. Those skills give Demario Davis and Josh Bush a chance to contribute right away as rookies even though they won’t be starters. Demario Davis and Josh Bush saw some first team reps in different substitution packages today at Jets minicamp, confirming our hunch that the Jets drafted each player because of a specific fit in Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme.

As noted by Jenny Vrentas above, New York Jets 2012 NFL Draft Picks Demario Davis and Josh Bush saw some time with the first team defense during practice at Jets minicamp today. Demario Davis was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arkansas State, while Josh Bush was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest.

Demario Davis brings impressive speed to the linebacker position, making him an asset in coverage and as a blitzer while he is groomed to assume Bart Scott’s role as a starter, likely when Bart Scott’s guaranteed money expires in 2013. Here’s what we had to say about Demario Davis when the Jets selected him back on April 27:

“Demario Davis is 6-2, 235, with rare speed, so he’s a bit of a tweener. The Jets will likely use him in some different roles, though he played linebacker at Arkansas State. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he sees some immediate playing time in different substitution packages in an effort to take advantage of his rare speed at the linebacker position.”

Josh Bush played safety at Wake Forest, but he showed the ability to cover well in the slot. As a versatile player, we had him pegged as another early contributor in substitution packages when the Jets picked him back on April 28:

“Bush made a lot of big plays in big spots for Wake Forest and is a good value in the sixth round. He will likely contribute in some sub packages(nickel, dime, three-safety looks) and on special teams.”

The Jets are hoping Demario Davis and Josh Bush can fill very specific roles in substitution packages this season as they continue to learn the defense and eventually grow into bigger roles in the defense. Getting immediate contributions from mid-to-late round draft picks is huge, and the Jets believe they have some players that will make an impact right away as rookies in 2012.

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