After being selected with the thirteenth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Jordan Davis faced immense expectations going into his rookie year, which were difficult for anyone to manage.
Not only was Davis selected with the thirteenth overall pick, the Eagles traded up with the Texans in order to draft Davis.

A man of Davis’ size, 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing around 340 pounds, is expected to be a force to be reckoned with, and Davis has undoubtedly lived up to the hype with the havoc he wreaks on a football field. 


In camp last year, the excitement surrounding Davis grew after a video went around of him bull-rushing Eagles’ 6′ 3″ and 303 lbs lineman Cam Jurgens. 


Davis, though, was not a fan of the widely circulated video; he made note that Jurgens had a great training camp and beat him several times:

“I hate it, honestly. It just shows it’s very one-sided. You see one rep. And you don’t see Cam just blocking me and getting me in practice and getting me in other reps.” That answer says it all. 


Davis’ 2022-23 was even more pressurized, though, because of that Jurgens video, but Davis had no trouble performing on the field. Through his first six games in the NFL, Davis recorded fourteen tackles, one for a loss.

Just as Davis was acclimating to life in the NFL and just as he was beginning to make an impact on the Eagles’ star-studded defensive line, he suffered an ankle injury against the Steelers in week 7 of the 2022 NFL regular season. A frustrating way for Davis to be welcomed to the NFL, but he responded well; Davis kept his head down and continued working hard in hopes of coming back to the football field in better shape than he was when he left it. 

On December 3rd, just before the Eagles were set to play the Derrick Henry-dependent Titans in week 13 of the NFL regular season, Davis was activated off of the injured reserve. During injury rehabilitation, Davis said he lost an astonishing 20 pounds; he returned a man on a mission, recording four more tackles in the final six weeks of the regular season.

In his first regular season in the NFL, Davis recorded eight solo tackles and ten assists. In the postseason, Davis was again a huge contributor, totaling three solo tackles and one assist.

During the offseason, Davis took significant steps to work on his conditioning to come back ready to take on a heavier load in year two, going for more walks and riding a stationary bike in addition to his standard training routine. Those around the Eagles have said Davis looks shredded and ready to go. 


Eagles’ six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Fletcher Cox said of Davis’ shape during camp via NBC Sports Philadelphia:

“I watched him run the conditioning test; he did a great job; I don’t think he was gassed one bit. His conditioning, it’s way better this year than it was last year. He’s coming back; he knows what to expect. Flew around in individual (drills) in practice (Wednesday), and I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to grow. He came back, and his weight was great. I’m excited for him.”


As a rookie last year, Davis was not experienced in the trials and tribulations of an NFL season. That has all changed, as Davis, in his rookie season, experienced the challenges of dealing with and returning from an injury. The Eagles made it all the way to the Super Bowl, providing Davis valuable postseason experience. 

The Eagles’ success this season will be dependent in part upon the success of young defensive players. Jordan Davis was a college teammate at Georgia with Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith, and Kelee Ringo, all of whom will join the Eagles this season after being drafted in the 2023 NFL Draft.


The Eagles’ front office is hopeful that Davis, now going into his second NFL season, can be a mentor for these young players. And Davis has a lot of experience in just one year to share with the rookies.
Davis is in the best shape of his career, and so will the Eagles’ defense, with Davis there to introduce his Georgia teammates to the NFL. 

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