How Eagles’ Jordan Davis is taking care of Georgia teammates in Philly
Jordan Davis knows what its like to be far from home, in an unfamiliar environment, trying to find your way.
And then the walls start closing in.
Hes been there. Hes been through it. And now some of his best friends in the world are about to go through it.
Its hard, Davis said Thursday. Its hard. Im not going to sugarcoat it, its hard.
And Davis is here to make it easier.
Davis was the first of five Georgia defensive players the Eagles have drafted the last two years and along with Nakobe Dean he sees a big part of his role this year as helping Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith and Kelee Ringo navigate their rookie year.
Just knowing those guys, they came from not one but two national championships, which is the longest season in college football, Davis said. Luckily, Im not too far removed (from it) and I understand what it takes.
Its going to be hard for them and thats what were here for. You know, theyre in a hotel, that takes a toll on your body. Thats like being trapped and seeing the same four walls. So anytime I can go over there and get those boys out, get Kelee out, get all those guys out, just to show them around the city Ive been in the past year and going out to explore more places, it means a lot and it builds that bond again.
Thats what we were doing at Georgia and thats what were going to do here and were going to continue to do and not even just for the Georgia guys but for the other guys too. I know what it takes. I know what its like to be a rookie. I know how it is when the walls are closing in. You just need to escape, so I offer my apartment, I offer a ride if they need to go somewhere, if they want to get something to eat. My lines always open.
This really is a unique situation.
The Eagles have drafted six defensive players in the first five rounds over the last two years and five of them all but Sydney Brown – played together at Georgia on one of the best college defenses ever assembled.
The last defensive 1st-round pick the Eagles drafted who didnt play at Georgia is Derek Barnett in 2017.
Davis said he told Carter and Smith this years 1st-round picks before the draft theyd be joining him soon in Philly.
I told those boys, you know youre going to be Eagles, he said. I told Nolan in early March, you know youre going to be an Eagle, and I told Jalen that Wednesday (before the draft). Low and behold. But just having those guys is exciting.
Thats a piece of home, and that means a lot for guys like me and Nakobe, for somebody thats been in the culture, whos understand what it takes to win, understand what your brothers have gone through, just the chemistry you see between Jalen and DeVonta, guys that played with each other in college, its a different type of chemistry, its a different type of love.
So having those guys here is definitely exciting. I feel like Im back at school without school. Im definitely excited to see those boys grow and become the men and the leaders they can be.
Davis made it clear that a lot of what the rookies Carter, Smith and Ringo are about to face theyre going to figure out on their own. Davis cant study for them, cant prepare for them, cant practice for them.
But he can help them understand what theyre about to face.
Im here trying to be a support for them, Davis said. Im not here to talk them through their journey, Im not here to hold their hand. Because at the end of the day were all going through this journey together but Im here to show them that somebody understands, somebody is here for you, and just whatever I can do support thats what Im here to do.
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