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Bobby's take: Saints LB Davis doesn't get enough respect

WWL's Bobby Hebert: Davis compares favorably to some of Saints' best LBs

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While he may have gone viral last week for stepping in for the injured Drew Brees in the pregame huddle and absolutely killing it, there's more to Saints linebacker Demario Davis than just a motivational speech.

WWL's Bobby Hebert says Davis, in only his second season in New Orleans, already holds his own against some of the team's all-time greats at linebacker.

"We all like Jonathan Vilma, huh?" Hebert said on Tuesday afternoon's edition of Sports Talk. "A big part of us winning, captain of the defense... Demario Davis is better than Jonathan Vilma. You might think, like, what? Huh? Look at all the numbers. Look at all the tackles and the plays that he's made and accomplished so far in his career and where he's at. Demario Davis is more productive than Jonathan Vilma."

Davis had 110 tackles for the Saints last year, his first in the Big Easy. He's on pace to top that number in year two. And the fact that he was allowed to step in for Brees speaks to his position as a team leader.

While he's never made a Pro Bowl or earned All-Pro honors through an eight-year career that includes five years with the New York Jets and a season in Cleveland, Hebert says that needs to change.

"Demario Davis doesn't get enough respect where he's at," Hebert said.

You can hear the full audio of Hebert's critique of the Saints defense by clicking the podcast link.

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