The most notable disparity in the Jets’ snap count from Week Seven came at inside linebacker, where it appeared to some to be a changing of the guard. Rookie Demario Davis saw his most significant playing time with 70 defensive snaps, while Bart Scott played in only nine snaps. Davis notched six tackles, and we learned that Scott is battling a toe injury, which could keep him out of Week Eight. Scott has played in 119 consecutive regular-season games.
Rex Ryan made it clear that the toe injury is what kept Scott off the field in Foxborough, that it wasn’t a benching.
“They did a lot of stuff where they put him in space, a lot of empty (backfield sets) (and) those types of things with four or five receivers,” Ryan told reporters Thursday. “Normally, I like to keep Bart out there, but if he can’t change directions in space as well as he normally can, we have to do what we think is best for the football team. If Bart is healthy, Bart will be out there.”
We heard earlier in the season that Scott, who was frustrated with his role being diminished last year, looked much-improved and was making plays against the run, where he’s best — moving forward in the box. Davis has good size, acceleration and durability, and he can move better than Scott, but Davis is green and inconsistent.
It’s a position worth watching because Davis is expected to be the future, and the Jets’ run defense could use a spark. If Davis takes advantage and plays well in replacing Scott, that’s one thing, but we’re told that for now, Ryan is not blowing smoke by saying it’s simply an injury situation.