DAVIE — Jesse Davis began his career at Idaho as a defensive lineman and only two years ago he was out of football, fixing farm equipment.
In 2017, Davis started 10 games on Miami’s offensive line: 2 at left guard, then 2 at right tackle, then 6 at right guard.
To say Davis was a good Dolphins front office find would be an understatement. In fact, Davis is in line to start somewhere on Miami’s offensive line next season. Some might say he’s played to the level of a third-round pick.
Last season, some (such a this Daily Dolphin scribe) wanted the Dolphins to use their third-round pick on a guard (the selection was cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, who started 11 games). But in a sense, Davis, scrapped up after a stint on the Jets’ practice squad, served that purpose.
And Davis, 6-foot-6, 321 pounds, has performed well.
“It worked out pretty well,” Davis said Monday. “The experience was great. It’s unfortunate how the season ended but I feel like I gained a lot from it.”
Davis can play three positions. It is quite possible the Dolphins could choose not to execute Ja’Wuan James’ $9 million fifth-year option and instead roll with Davis, who has only a $555,000 cap hit next season.
“Wherever they need me, I’ll be there,” Davis said. “I have comfort. I felt pretty good this last game at right guard. I still feel pretty comfortable at right tackle. So I’ll meet with (coach Adam) Gase and see what he says and what the future holds.”
Davis said it’s been a fun ride and he’s interested to see where he is Game 1, Snap 1, in 2018.
Gase said near the end of the season he’s not sure if Davis is better suited for guard or tackle. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said that because of Davis’ size, tackle would be initial projection, but that Davis is versatile to do both.
The best NFL teams are comprised of not only high draft picks and big-ticket free agents, but also unexpected contributors such as Davis, one of Miami’s best offseason additions.