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Demario Davis has All-Pro season as New Orleans Saints linebacker

Analysis: Anyone who thought they'd seen the best of New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis in 2018, when he constructed one of the best all-around seasons in the NFL, now knows that Davis is capable of topping it or, at least, duplicating it. Because his 2019 season was nothing if not impactful. After Davis posted 110 tackles (11 for loss), 11 quarterback hits, five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in '18, he was back for more in '19: 111 tackles (11 for loss), nine quarterback hits, four sacks, 12 passes defensed and an interception. And, for the first time, he was named first-team All-Pro. One of the Saints' defensive captains, Davis has been a model of comportment on and off the field – socially conscious and equality-minded off it, and an every-down linebacker on it who can tackle, cover and rush the passer. His All-Pro selection probably was a year late, but better late than not at all.

Best Game: Davis wasn't all over the field against Tampa Bay on Nov. 17, but it likely seemed that way. He had a first-quarter interception that led to a touchdown, coming up with a pass that was broken up by safety Marcus Williams. And he added four passes defensed and six tackles in the 34-17 victory.

Best Quote: "I think the first thing is this guy is a run and hit linebacker. He's good at being able to key and diagnose. But the thing that makes him special is that all of us at some point on the field, we get into a troublesome situation and the really great players are able to get themselves out of trouble and make plays. And that's one of the things that he can really do is when he does find himself in a little bit of a catch-up mode, he's got that athleticism to get himself back in position to make a play. He plays extremely hard, it's extremely important to him. He studies, he's well-versed in what we're doing in the game plan. He's been a great leader for us. He's the guy that has the green dot (communication device) on gamedays and does a really good job of communicating for us." – Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

The best photos of New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis during the 2019 season.

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