Former castoff Jesse Davis vying for starting job with Miami Dolphins

Jesse Davis is in the mix for a starting job. (Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA–The name Jesse Davis probably doesn’t sound familiar to Dolphins fans even though he’s been with the team since last November.

Turns out, he’s one of this season’s training camp surprises.

Davis, who withstood two-plus years of practice squad duty, is in the mix to be an opening day starter at left guard for Miami. He’s been working at tackle and guard for the Dolphins this offseason, and a series of injuries have presented him an opportunity.

With projected starter Ted Larsen out long-term with a torn biceps and Kraig Urbik now expected to miss the opener, coach Adam Gase said Davis is a candidate.

“He’s done a good job of finding a way to get better every day, and I’ve really been impressed,” Gase said. “He’s had to play a lot of snaps already, and to see – I think in both (preseason games) he might have played almost the entire game. He’s getting a lot of experience there.”

Davis, 6-foot-6, 309 pounds, went undrafted out of Idaho in 2015 and landed with the Seahawks. They kept him until the final week of the preseason, and he went unsigned until the Jets picked him up in January. He made it deep into the preseason with them as well, then was waived in late August.

New York brought him back as a practice squad addition in November last season and cut him again after two weeks. The Dolphins, plagued by offensive line injuries, signed him to their practice squad a week later and have had him ever since. He showed promise in the offseason program and held up well against the other linemen in training camp.

“We got in pads and there was no fall-off,” Gase said. “Sometimes when you go from the whole offseason to training camp, there can be a change, and there hasn’t been. It’s really been an improvement. I think when you’ve got a guy that works as hard as he does, he’s trying to find ways to get better. He’s got a legitimate shot.”

Davis started last week’s preseason game against Atlanta at left guard and is in line to do so again Thursday at Philadelphia.

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