How seeing the field like a basketball player has made Demario Davis an effective blitzer

Demario Davis sees how things are going to move before they move.

OK. Fine.

He might not actually know that, but he sure knows how to make it appear that way when rushing the passer. The Saints linebacker has such a knack for reading the field, seeing where lanes might open up, and cutting through the traffic to make a play. So fast. So physical. So calculated.

Davis tries to see a spot and get there before someone else can. He views the football field the same way a basketball player sees the court. The idea is simple: If you see where you need to be and get there before anyone else, the shot is open — same deal when blitzing a quarterback.

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