No one would blame Buffalo Bills linebacker Andra Davis if he were a tad reluctant to share his knowledge of professional football with a budding rookie who someday, perhaps sooner than later, will take his job. After 10 seasons in the NFL, including missing the final 10 games of last season with a shoulder injury in his first season in Buffalo, Davis is far closer to being out of the league than he is from being in his prime.
Fortunately for Kelvin Sheppard, the consummate team player paying it forward with his know-how and words of wisdom to the Bills third-round rookie linebacker — and he’s glad to do it.
Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News has a tremendous article about Davis and fellow veteran linebacker Reggie Torbor doing all they can to make the pro transition easier for Sheppard. Many Bills veterans convened last week in Elma for player organized workouts and Sheppard was one of three rookies in attendance for team bonding activities along with fellow draft picks Marcell Dareus and Da’Norris Searcy.
“He (Sheppard) reminds me of myself when I first came into the league,” Davis told Gaughan. “When I came in 10 years ago, I used to be in [former Cleveland linebacker] Earl Holmes’ back pocket just trying to pick his brain. I was always trying to figure out what was it that helped guys like him play so long and still play at a high level.”
According to Gaughan, Davis gave Sheppard a playbook and his personal notebook from last year, and plans on visiting Sheppard in Atlanta.
It’s a classy move by the likeable Davis, who clearly views Sheppard as a piece of the puzzle towards turning things around as opposed to competition for his job.
You can read Gaughan’s entire article by clicking here.
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