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Ryan Davis
Free agent
Position:Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 32)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Howard W. Blake
(Tampa, Florida)
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2012 2015)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:60
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:4
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Ryan Davis Sr. (born February 24, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker who is a free agent. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Bethune-Cookman.

Professional career

Jacksonville Jaguars


Davis signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars following the 2012 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent.[1] He was signed to the team's practice squad at the end of the preseason.

He was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on October 5. He was released on October 23 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day. He was again released from the practice squad on November 21 and re-signed to the practice squad four days later. He was signed to the active roster at the conclusion of the season.


Davis was released on August 30, 2013 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 1. He was promoted to the active roster on November 15.

During the season, Davis had two game ending plays against the Houston Texans. When the Jaguars played the Texans in Houston in November, Davis made a game ending interception. In a December victory in Jacksonville, Davis sacked Houston quarterback Matt Schaub while the Texans did not have any timeouts remaining and the clock ran out.[2]


Davis was active for all 16 games as part of the defensive line rotation and had a career high 6.5 sacks on the year.[3]


He played in 14 games as a backup at defensive end and finished with 3.5 sacks.


On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Jaguars, who were going younger at the defensive end position with the additions of Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue.[4]

Dallas Cowboys

On September 13, 2016, Davis was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, who were looking to improve their depth at the defensive end position with the suspensions to DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.[5]

He was declared inactive for the second game of the season and missed two additional contests with a strained hamstring. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, his role in the defensive line rotation increased after passing defensive end Benson Mayowa on the depth chart, but because he didn't have an impact pressuring the quarterback, Mayowa regained his spot against the Minnesota Vikings. Davis was declared inactive in three games, before being activated against the Detroit Lions, but suffered a knee injury and did not play many snaps. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 28.[6] He finished the season with 3 tackles and 6 quarterback pressures.

Buffalo Bills

On March 13, 2017, Davis signed with the Buffalo Bills, who were changing to a 4-3 defense under new head coach Sean McDermott.[7]

On March 26, 2018, Davis was released by the Bills.[8]

Los Angeles Rams

On July 24, 2018, Davis signed with the Los Angeles Rams.[9] He was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2018.[10] He was released on September 4, 2018.

Orlando Apollos

In 2019, Davis joined the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football.[11]

During the inaugural game for the 2019 season, Davis recorded the first sack in Apollos franchise history during the 40-6 victory over the Atlanta Legends.[12]

During the Week 2 game against the San Antonio Commanders, Davis suffered a neck injury that pulled him out of the game.[13] He was placed on injured reserve on March 5, 2019.


  1. "Jaguars sign 17 rookie Free Agents". April 30, 2012.
  2. Kernan, Sean (December 10, 2013). "Ryan Davis makes another game-ending play for Jacksonville Jaguars".
  3. "Ryan Davis".
  4. Oehser, John (September 3, 2016). "Down to 53: LB Davis, OG Bernadeau released".
  5. Phillips, Rob. "Cowboys Sign Veteran Defensive End Davis For Pass Rush Depth".
  6. Halprin, Dave (December 28, 2016). "Cowboys Lose A Defensive Lineman To Injury, Sign A New Player To Take His Place".
  7. Brown, Chris (March 13, 2017). "Bills add a defensive end in free agency".
  8. "Report: Bills release DE Ryan Davis". March 23, 2018.
  9. Simmons, Myles (July 24, 2018). "Rams Place Easley, Okoronkwo on PUP, Sign Four".
  10. "Rams Make Initial Roster Cuts". August 31, 2018.
  11. "Orlando Apollos Set Final Roster". Our Sports Central. January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  12. "Orlando Apollos Dominate in Inaugural Game". Tom Alexander/The Alliance. February 10, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  13. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}".

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