WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. - Tyeler Davison repared for his rookie season by training with one of the best.
Davison spent six weeks in the pre-draft process training witt Keith Millard, a former All-Pro who won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1989 with the Minnesota Vikings.
Millard had 18 sacks that season. By the time Davison was done training with the former star, the fifth-round pick from Fresno State had a whole new set of weapons in his arsenal.
“He gave us a lot of pointers on pass rush, different moves that he used to use, because he played a lot of 3-technique,” Davison said. “Not only that, but he gave us a lot of reads in the run game, coming out of your stance and reading real quick.”
His work in the offseason has been evident on the training camp field.
Davison has been consistent from the start of camp, flashing both speed and power as a pass rusher and using his quickness to make plays against the run.
“He is pretty active, I would say he has good instincts, he has good hand,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He is the one guy, if you watch pass rush, who it would be pretty common to get two or three rushes in the (one-on-one) drill, and it seems like he always has success on at least one. I think he is an active player that is going to have a chance to factor in sub-rush inside. He is real quick.”
Davison, who checks in at 6-2, 309 pounds, was something of a lesser-known player in the draft, in part because he didn’t play under the bright lights of the SEC or Pac-12 or Big Ten.
But he’s out to prove he can play with anybody.
“Mountain West has the stigma of being a lesser conference, not as good talent, but obviously I don’t feel that way,” Davison said. “I don’t feel that way about myself, and I just have to come out every day and prove that.”