HOUSTON – Tall, massive and aggressive, defensive tackle Raekwon Davis anchors the middle Miami Dolphins‘protection. One of the biggest and most powerful defenders in the league at 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, Davis is a huge presence at the line of scrimmage.
Raekwon Davis lets his actions on the field speak for him
When Davis returned last season from a knee injury suffered in the first game against the New England Patriots, there was a marked uptick in the defense after he missed three games.
Now, the former second-round draft pick out of Alabama is looking forward to his third NFL season. In Texas for cornerback Annual Xavien Howard Soccer Camp, Davis did not make lofty predictions. He prefers to let his actions on the field play with Christian Wilkins and Emmanuel Ogbach do the talking for him.
“I just keep working until I get what I want” Davis said, who recorded 28 tackles, five quarterback hurries and a half-sack last season in 14 starts. “I keep my head down and keep working.”
Davis swallows up blocks and allows linebackers like Jerome Baker to run freely up the football field to make tackles.
“I mean, he’s a big, massive, strong guy,” Baker said in the offseason. “I think the one thing we don’t give him a lot of credit for is that he brings us a lot of energy.”
One of the biggest changes involving the Dolphins this year is the hiring of new head coach Mike McDaniel to replace Brian Flores.
McDaniel, known for his creative offensive strategies and sense of humor, created a fun atmosphere for the Dolphins. After finishing 9-8 last season, the Dolphins are optimistic about their prospects under McDaniel.
“It’s a great environment, great head coach,” Davis said. “We have fun and we love what we do.”
Davis is looking to continue working as the 2022 season approaches
Davis, 25, had 40 tackles as a rookie, with one for a loss and one quarterback hit, and the former All-Southeastern Conference selection earned rookie selection status. His 2020 completions ranked second in the NFL behind only Chase Young of the Washington Commander.
Davis wasn’t overly impressed with his results, however, and it was a similarly subdued reaction to his second NFL season. Davis won the practice jersey award this offseason for his work ethic.
“It was nothing special,” Davis said in June. “Just effort, running to the ball. I’m just a diligent guy. That’s all.”
Davis intends to continue to improve as an overall defender, especially as a pass rusher.
“You just keep working,” Davis said. “That’s the point.”
While visiting Howard’s camp, Davis emphasized the message of teamwork and solidarity.
“He’s my brother, he’s my teammate,” Davis said. “He’s my brother and we support each other. That’s why I’m here… Man, I just look around and see all the kids coming out. Great environment, everyone having fun, great energy. You love to see young people go out and work. Man, it’s hot. It’s just that if they get up early in the morning and do things like that, it’s good for them.”