Andra Davis has spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns. Now he’s traded in his jersey for a new shade of orange — and added a little blue.
“This is a new beginning for me,” Davis said to the media on Thursday. “I’m very excited, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to go out there and play.”
For now, Davis and the rest of the Broncos are doing what it takes to get prepared to play — strength and conditioning.
And while the eighth-year linebacker said he’s only had a couple chances to speak with Head Coach Josh McDaniels, he’s gotten up close and personal with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten.
“This week’s been going so fast, I’ve just been in there with Rich the whole time — I know a lot about him in four days,” he said with a laugh. “He’s got be breathing hard like this right now.”
And it was apparent the players are working hard — Davis wiped his forehead with a towel between every question from the media.
Fellow free-agent signee Darrell Reid agreed that the offseason conditioning program is hard work, but you get out of it what you put in.
“You know when the offseason comes, it’s going to be a lot of work,” he said. “But that equals productivity when the season comes.”
And Reid is looking forward to the season just as much as Davis — and part of the reason is because of Davis.
Reid is familiar with good defense — the defensive lineman/linebacker combo was part of a 2007 Indianapolis Colts defense that led the league in scoring defense. He said he believes the key to a solid defense is a total team effort, led by veteran leaders.
“I think we have that now, especially with us getting Brian Dawkins and Andra Davis,” he said.
For now the players are content with putting the work in now to get to where they want to go this season. And Reid said that for one he feels like the coaching staff has a vision for where they want the team to be, and the team is ready to follow.
“I feel it in the air,” Reid said. “I feel that change. I feel that difference. I feel that vision. It’s early, but it’s slowly molding.”