Has Demario Davis Taking Over at Linebacker? (Yes)

According to the Daily News, rookie linebacker Demario Davis saw more time in the game against the Patriots than he’s seen in any other game this season — at the expense of Bart Scott.

Rookie linebacker Demario Davis was in for a season-high 69 defensive snaps to help stop the Patriots’ up-tempo offense. Bart Scott, on the other hand, played a season-low nine snaps. Although Rex Ryan said that Scott’s lingering toe injury contributed to the reduced playing time, it’s curious why the Jets played Scott on seven special teams snaps.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Special team snaps are the smoking gun.  If the Jets were really concerned about Scott’s health, I doubt they would be playing him on special teams, where injuries tend to happen more than on regular offensive/defensive play.  The Jets are trying to make use of a guy they were stuck with keeping this year and whom they’ve drafted a replacement for at the spot.  The Jets gave Scott the opportunities to play earlier in the season but while he was often in position to make plays, he was unable to execute for the defense missing a number of tackles.  Moving forward I expect the Jets to limit Scott’s reps outside of other injuries at the spot but to use him in some packages.