Davis: Effort ‘can’t be graded’

December 18, 2017

The Buffalo Bills are in the middle of a tight playoff race in the AFC after defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-16 on Sunday. LeSean McCoy surpassed 10,000 career rushing yards and scored two touchdowns in the first half when the offense showed signs of life. The score was 21-6 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bills' offense struggled to put points on the board, but a strong performance by the defense preserved the win. Jordan Poyer, Shareece Wright and Tre’Davious White each intercepted Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler in the second half.

Another player who stood out among the defense was defensive end Ryan Davis, who is coming off of his best game of the season. Davis finished with six combined tackles and sacked Cutler on a big third down play in the first quarter to hold the Dolphins to just a field goal.

“He can run. He doesn’t always like to do it, but we know he has some mobility,” Davis said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White Monday morning on WGR. “ I got a good power rush on him and as I was going down I just swiped at his leg. I’m just glad I was able to trip him up and make that play for us.”

In his first season with the Bills, Davis has put in a tremendous amount of effort on the field. In 14 games this season, Davis has combined for 25 tackles, 16 solo tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. His effort on Sunday attributed to the big sack on Sunday.

“We talk about it all the time. A lot of sacks aren’t going to be pretty, but effort can’t be graded. You gotta go out there and do what you gotta do.”

Davis has split time with teammate Eddie Yarbrough filling in for the injured Shaq Lawson on the defensive line. Lawson's season came to an end on December 5th when the Bills placed the second-year defensive lineman on injured reserve with an ankle injury. With Lawson out of the lineup for the remainder of the season, Davis knew he would have big shoes to fill.

“We knew we were going to have to step it up a notch as we did all season,” said Davis. “I think we’re making Shaq proud right now. He wishes he could be out there with us.”

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Bills will have the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 1999. If the Bills make the playoffs, it would be the first playoff appearance for veteran defensive end Kyle Williams, whom Davis deeply admires.

“He’s passionate about the game,” Davis said. “I look to him for leadership. He loves the game and the city and says ‘we must win for the city’ so we gotta go out there play well so we can get Kyle to the playoffs.”

In order to end the 17-year playoff drought, the Bills must win at least one of two remaining games while relying on the outcomes of a few other games. Buffalo faces Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro this upcoming Sunday before the rematch against the Dolphins on New Year's Eve. While the idea of defeating the Patriots sounds impossible, Davis is confident that the defense will play as well as they did in the first game.

“We felt like we had a solid game up front as far as pass defense and pressuring Brady,” Davis said. “It may sound cliché, but we gotta shut down the running game and make Brady throw the ball.”

You can listen to the entire interview with Howard and Jeremy below: