Ashtyn Davis
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New York Jets rookie safety Ashtyn Davis got a season-high in defensive snaps against Buffalo after getting none the previous game.

Jets fans have yet to see much of California product Ashtyn Davis, the first defensive player drafted by Joe Douglas in his career as a general manager.

Davis has played quite frequently on special teams (46% of the special teams snaps on average in his 5 games), but the young safety has been hard to spot on defense. He missed Weeks 3-4 with a groin injury, and in the five games he has played, Davis has participated in a grand total of only 59 defensive snaps (16% of the defensive snaps on average). In two of his five appearances, Davis did not play a single defensive snap.

Fortunately, it appears that Davis may finally be working his way into regular playing time on defense. After getting zero defensive snaps against Miami in Week 6, Davis played a season-high 32% of the defensive snaps against Buffalo (season-high 24 total defensive snaps).

Meanwhile, Bradley McDougald began to be phased out as he played a season-low 68% of the defensive snaps. McDougald – who had been averaging 94% of the defensive snaps over the first six games – has been one of the NFL’s worst safeties this year, and Gregg Williams seems to be adjusting accordingly.

Davis roamed all over the field against the Bills. He logged 11 snaps at free safety (45.8%), eight in the box as either an inside linebacker or strong safety (33.3%), three as an outside linebacker (12.5%), one as a slot cornerback (4.2%), and one as an outside cornerback (4.2%).

Let’s take a look at some of the unique ways Davis was utilized in Week 7.

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